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Image of QTS ribbon. Course meets CDC quality standards.  Click to learn more. Investigation and Certification of Drug Toxicity Deaths (Web Based)

Course Summary

Course:  WB4317
CE Expiration:  10/30/2022, 11:59 PM (ET)
Available CE:  CME, CEU
This course promotes the use of current evidence-based practices for investigation, evaluation, and certification of drug toxicity deaths. This course is comprised of four modules including an overview of medicolegal death investigation, an introduction to scene investigation, autopsy, postmortem toxicology and death certification. The ultimate goal of the medicolegal death investigation is to provide information to determine an accurate, logical, and scientifically unbiased statement of the cause and manner of death. The scene investigation of any drug-related death requires a complete investigation of the circumstances of death, the death scene, and past medical history. When prescription and illicit drugs are suspected, there are special considerations that apply to the investigation of the death scene. This training includes specifics on the significance of autopsy and postmortem toxicology in the investigation of suspected drug toxicity deaths. Medical examiners/coroners and toxicologists must work together to evaluate all circumstances as they relate to a case in order to accurately certify drug toxicity deaths.
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Recommended browser: For optimal functionality, we recommend that you use Google Chrome (latest version) as your viewing browser. If you are using a different browser, the program may not work as expected.

Each module will open in a new window. You must return to the main page upon completing the module. 

Target Audience

Medicolegal Death Investigation Professionals , Medical Examiners, Medical Doctors, Coroners, Clinicians


Must be a clinician, Medical Doctor, Medical Examiner or Coroner.

Continuing Education Accreditation Statements
Continuing Medical Education for Physicians (CME):

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and RTI International. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this Enduring material   activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IACET Continuing Education Units (CEU):

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEU's for this program.

TCEO does not provide CPE certificates. As a Pharmacist, you must log into the CPE monitor 8 weeks after the activity to obtain CE credit.