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Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science’s 27th Annual Markle Symposium to Address Investigations of Drug-Related Deaths

Program speakers as part of the event on October 22 and 23, include international and national drug and narcotics prosecutors, investigators, medical doctors, and toxicology experts.

October 8, 2018

Sam and Lois Bergami
Sponosred by the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, the Markle Symposium annually brings together police, prosectors, lawyers, and other experts to discuss issues important to the law enforcement community.

The University of New Haven, the nationally ranked private, coeducational university on the southern coast of New England, announces its 27th Annual Arnold Markle Symposium, sponsored by The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, which will be held in Bucknall Theater, Dodds Hall, at the University of New Haven on October 22 through October 23.

The two-day program delves into a discussion of the investigation of drug-related deaths around the world. Dr. Henry C. Lee, one of the world's foremost forensic scientists, founder of The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven, and chaired professor in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, which is co-sponsoring the event, will lead the discussion on the investigation of drug-related deaths as well as well as provide evidence and interpretation.

Other presenters include:
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Caruso and the Heroin Education Action Team (HEAT), with the DEA
  • Dr. F. Michael Rieders and Dr. Barry Logan, of NMS Labs, on the toxicology and types of drugs used
  • Dr. Anthony Tomassoni, Yale-New Haven Hospital Emergency Department – toxicology and drug overdose patients presented in hospital emergency departments
  • Dr. James Gill, Chief Medical Examiner – trends in drug deaths in Connecticut
  • State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo – the State Prosecutor in drug-related death cases

The symposium will address current deadly drug trends, including opioids, fentanyl, and heroin. It will delve into a timely discussion about drug-related death investigations, challenges faced today, and possible solutions. A special panel will close the symposium and will include the stories of families who have lost loved ones to the drug epidemic.

Each year, the Arnold Markle Symposium brings together nationally recognized experts in law enforcement, forensic science, and the medical and legal professions to create a dialogue and work toward change in those fields.

It is named after former State’s Attorney and adjunct faculty Arnold Markle, who was the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New Haven and an adjunct faculty from 1968 until his untimely death in 1987. Markle, a native of New Haven, was known for his feisty nature and his skill as a prosecutor. He strongly believed that training and continuing education were important for police officers and for all members of the criminal justice system.

The cost for the two days is $189.00 per person, and a special rate of $99.00 for students. More information and a registration link can be found at