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Amy Miles, Director of Forensic Toxicology

Biography

Amy Miles is the Director of the Forensic Toxicology Program at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH). In addition to managing the Forensic Toxicology Program, Amy provides expert court testimony and interpretation of laboratory reports for coroners, medical examiners, attorneys and law enforcement officers. Amy also provides expert consultation for drug impaired driving cases both locally and nationally. Amy attended the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) school held in Wisconsin in 2004 and provides training and support for the DRE program. In 2005 Amy received an award from Citizens Against Drug Impaired Drivers (CANDID) for her outstanding dedication to the DRE program. Amy is the toxicology representative on the IACP DRE Technical Advisory Panel.

Amy has given numerous presentations on the topic of oral fluid roadside testing, drugs, alcohol and human performance at state and national conferences and in-service trainings and has contributed several newsletter articles to national publications. Amy is a faculty member of the Robert F. Borkenstein Course: The Effects of Drugs on Human Performance. Amy has been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Guest Faculty member of the Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Education. Amy is a member of several professional organizations and committees that pertain to alcohol, drugs and human performance and is the Chair of the SOFT/AAFS Drugs and Driving Committee and sits on the Board of Directors for the Society of Forensic Toxicologists. In 2010 and 2011 Amy was given the “Speaker of the Year” Award by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

Areas of Expertise

  1. Alcohol and Other Drugs
  2. Leadership and Management
  3. Science and Technology
  4. Analytical Toxicology
  5. Oral Fluid Testing

Selected Presentations

The IACP Annual Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving Seminar (DRE)
July 31-Aug 2, 2007 Las Vegas, NV
Aug 10-12, 2008, Indianapolis, IN
July 22-24, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA
July 19-21, 2011, Montreal, QC Canada
July 28-30, 2014, Phoenix, AZ (Workshop presenter and State Coordinator’s meeting presenter)
July 10-12, 2015, Cincinnati, OH (Workshop presenter and State Coordinator’s meeting presenter)

Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) / The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) Joint Meeting
August 30-September 4, 2004, Washington DC

Drug Classification and Evaluation Program Audit (DRE)
September 16-17, 2004 (Pre-school)

October 6-8, 11-15, 2004, Northcentral Tech, Wausau, WI

International Association for Chemical Testing (IACT)
April 11 – 14, 2005, Madison, WI

DRE Re-Certification Training “The Eyes”
November 17, 2005, Milwaukee, WI
December 7, 2005, Manitowoc, WI
January 3, 2006 , Wausau, WI

Medical Foundations of Visual System Testing
Institute of Police Technology and Management, University of North Florida
September 18 – 20, 2006, Jacksonville, FL

Annual Wisconsin Prosecutor’s Seminar on OWI
November 16, 2006, Elkhart Lake, WI
October 30-31, 2008, Elkhart Lake, WI

Lifesavers Annual Conference
March 25-27, 2007, Chicago, IL
April 13-15, 2008, Portland, OR
March 30-April 1, 2009, Nashville, TN

3rd Annual Arkansas Drug Recognition Expert Conference
May 31-June 1, 2007, Little Rock, AR 

Austin Texas OWI Conference
July 7-10, 2008, Austin, TX 

Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) Annual Symposium on Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement
June 9-11, 2009, St. Pete Beach, FL 

Florida Drug Recognition Expert Re-certification Training (IPTM)
June 12, 2009, St. Pete Beach, FL
September 14, 2009, Jacksonville, FL

Prosecuting the Drug Impaired Driver
October 26-28, 2010, West Yellowstone, MT 

Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association (WNOA) / National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) Annual Conference
March 3 – 4, 2011, Wisconsin Dells, WI 

Prosecuting the Drug Impaired Driver
March 16-18, 2011, Green Bay, WI

Missouri DUI Conference
June 8-10, 2011, Lake of the Ozarks, MO  

Prosecuting the Drug Impaired Driver
March 21-23, 2012, Madison, WI 

Testimony and Committees

Testimony

Roadside Oral Fluid Testing, Canadian Parliament, December 2016

Committees

  • Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) – Member 2004-Present
    • SOFT Board of Directors member – 2016 – Present
  • Wisconsin Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Oversight Committee 2002-Present
  • Wisconsin Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Advisory Committee 2004-Present
  • SOFT/AAFS Drugs and Driving Committee 2006-Present
    • Committee Chair 2013-Present
  • IACP Technical Advisory Panel – Drug Evaluation Classification Program (DRE), Toxicologist Position 2011-Present 
    • Scientific Subcommittee Chair 2015-Present
  • National Safety Council – Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division 2011-Present

Selected Publications

  • “The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene At A Glance”, The Traffic Beat, Summer 2006, Volume 1, Issue 1.
  • “The Buzz on Ambien (Zolpidem)”, The Traffic Beat, Winter 2006-2007, Volume 2, Issue 1.
  • “Dextromethorphan in Wisconsin Drivers”, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, May 2007; 31(4), pp 227-232.
  • “The Buzz on Dextromethorphan”, The Traffic Beat, Summer 2007, Volume 2, Issue 3.
  • “’Fake’ Pot Creates a Very Real Problem”, The Traffic Beat, Winter 2010/2011, Volume 6, Issue 1.
  • “Coming Clean About ‘Bath Salts’; a Glance at Synthetic Cathinones”, Georgia DRE Newsletter, Winter 2012.
  • (Co-author) “Recommendations for Toxicological Investigations of Drug-Impaired Driving and Motor Vehicle Fatalities”, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 2013; 37: 552-558.

Abstracts:

  • “Abstract: Dextromethorphan Concentrations in Wisconsin Drivers”, Society of Forensic Toxicologists Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, 2005.
  • “Abstract: Inhalant Abuse and Driving Impairment”, Society of Forensic Toxicologists Annual Meeting, Raleigh-Durham, NC, 2007.

Honors and Awards

  • C.A.N.D.I.D. Award for outstanding dedication to the DRE Program in Wisconsin (2005)
  • AACC Outstanding Speaker Award for ACCENT credit evaluations (2010)
  • AACC Outstanding Speaker Award for ACCENT credit evaluations (2011)
  • University of Wisconsin Administrative Improvement Award (2015)
  • Wisconsin DRE Ambassador Award (2017)

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Amy Miles
Director of Forensic Toxicology
Amy Miles is an internationally recognized speaker on forensic toxicology issues including alcohol and drugs as they relate to human performance, the Drug Recognition Expert program, analytical methodology and roadside oral fluid testing. She has a unique ability to present technical information in an entertaining manner which a wide variety of audiences can understand.

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