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When Do I Need a Forensic Toxicologist?

It’s Not Just CSI: The Other Roles of a Forensic Toxicologist We may think of the forensic toxicologist as confined to a dreary morgue or laboratory, taking samples from cadavers and watching centrifuges spin. This is the image of forensic toxicology most of us have encountered in movies and television…

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The Role of a Forensic Toxicologist in Court

Interpretation and Expertise: The Forensic Toxicologist as Expert Witness An expert witness is someone who is qualified to testify in court as an expert on a certain topic or field. Their expertise is due to their specialist knowledge, skills or education, and they should be able to justify their opinions…

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A Brief History of Poisons and Forensic Toxicology

Silent Killers: Poisons and the Development of Forensic Toxicology Forensic Toxicology is the study of poisons, chemicals, and toxins for the purpose of investigation. Most often, we think of it as being used in criminal investigations ¬– popular television shows like CSI or Bones have brought forensic practices in to…

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Forensic Toxicology and DUIs

The Role of Forensic Toxicology in DUI cases An endless stream of CSI and cop shows have conditioned us to believe that investigation units are comprised of fault-less staff determined to pursue the ends of justice to the letter. But much like any other group of employees, police officers and…

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Duties of an Expert Witness

Putting the Expert in Expert Witness Despite what TV would have you believe, court cases are rarely won by lawyers alone. The truth is a good expert witness can make all the difference when it comes to final judgments – especially when one considers that the facts of a case…

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Different Types of Samples Used by a Forensic Toxicologist

Forensic Toxicologists and The Samples They Use The law has come a long way since the first fingerprint was used to link a suspect to the scene of a crime. It’s unlikely anyone a century ago could have predicted the role of a forensic toxicologist and how their field has…

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Drug Toxicology: Impairment & Driving

Driving while under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a serious and potentially fatal offense. Part one of this drug toxicology series will focus on what happens if a person is caught driving under the influence of drugs, the forensic tests needed as well as the challenges that arise when…

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Drug Testing: Sweat Patches 101

Analysis of biological fluids and tissues provide the most reliable method to documenting human drug exposure. The chemical analysis of human sweat in the form of drug testing sweat patches has become an effective method of monitoring drug use over an extended period of time. The sensitivity, specificity and reliability…

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NarcoPouch Test False Positive Dilemma

From as early as the 1900’s, police and investigators across the United States have used NarcoPouch tests to detect illegal drugs and substances. The NarcoPouch test offers a simple and easy way to detect illicit substances; officers simply have to drop the suspected sample into the pouch and watch for…

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