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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Forensic toxicology

The Difference Between Forensic Toxicology and Pharmacology

Forensic Toxicology & Pharmacology: What’s the Difference? Both forensic toxicology and pharmacology involve the study of the effects of drugs on biological systems, where drugs refer to any man-made or natural substance that has either a biochemical or psychological effect on the recipient. There are, however, significant differences between these…

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An Expert Witness Analyzes Field Sobriety Tests

An Expert Witness Can Help Disprove Problematic Field Tests There are many issues surrounding field sobriety tests that can raise contentions within a court of law. Often, these concerns can be used by an expert witness to challenge allegations of driving under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests are…

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A Forensic Toxicologist Examines Blood and Breath Testing

Forensic Toxicologist Talks Blood Vs Breath Testing In films, police officers are often shown as requesting a breath test after pulling a suspect over. This, however, is an incorrect depiction of what happens. Before an official arrest is made, breath tests are completely voluntary, and thus can be refused. Officers…

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Why I Became a Forensic Toxicologist

Why You Should Become a Forensic Toxicologist Forensic toxicology is the merging of two fields: that of forensics – in which tests and techniques are used to detect and determine crimes committed – and toxicology – which is the branch of chemical science that investigates the nature, structure, and effects…

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The Science Behind Forensic Toxicology

What is Forensic Toxicology & How is it Useful? What is the crux of forensic toxicology? Forensic toxicology may sound like a bit of an intimidating term so let’s first break it down! Forensics is basically a series of tests and techniques that are used to detect and determine crimes…

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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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