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The Process Of Analyzing Data In Forensic Toxicology

Forensic toxicology is a complex field revolving around the use of toxins, chemicals, and poisons, particularly pertaining to instances of crime or even death. It is important to understand the role that data can play in the outcomes of court cases where forensic toxicology comes into play. Understanding Data In…

What Are Your Rights With DUI Testing?

The law against drinking and driving is a hard and fast rule. But the rules are a little less clear when it comes to DUI testing. Police officers administer various types of drug tests across the country’s roads on a regular basis, but do these people know their rights when…

Forensic Toxicology: Detection & Classification Of Drugs

Did you know that forensic toxicology can be a beneficial asset in a court case by bringing forward scientifically analyzing biological samples? Where the likes of DUIs and urine testing can result in mishaps and unfair prison sentences, forensic toxicology uses improved tools and technologies to achieve highly accurate results….

The Trouble With Police Field Drug Test Kits

Police use a variety of “quick and reliable” drug tests that can easily be administered. But while they definitely are quick, they are not the most reliable. Despite concerns about inaccuracies, police field drug test kits are still used on a daily basis and contribute to false convictions. Unlike the…

The Challenges Of Hair Follicle Testing

Hair follicle testing has risen in use to over 200,000 drug tests per year in the U.S. This type of drug testing analyzes the hair shaft for drug metabolites, as opposed to analyzing bodily fluids such as urine or saliva which are used in most other types of drug testing….

These Machines Can Put You In Jail: The Truth About Breathalyzer Tests

It’s not uncommon for law enforcement to use breathalyzer tests for estimating the blood alcohol content in a driver’s system. The controversial results of these tests are then used as a case for charging someone with a DUI. What many people don’t realize is that the accuracy of these breathalyzer…

How DNA Contamination Can Alter Court Cases

When a crime occurs, scientists may use DNA evidence to ascertain who are possible suspects and, in some cases, find them guilty in court. Yet relying so heavily on such a sensitive test can have consequences, especially in criminal court cases. How Does DNA Contamination Happen? As forensic technology has…

I Have A Medical Marijuana Card: What Do I Need To Know?

Legalizing marijuana continues to be a hot topic in the United States, whether speaking about recreational or medicinal use. At the time of printing, it was legal to purchase marijuana for medical use in 33 states – with more states, such as Kentucky, advancing bills for legalizing. If you have…

How Accurate Is Sweat Patch Testing?

Toxicology plays a large role in various legal cases by serving as evidence for or against the presence of drugs and alcohol in the human body. As the science of toxicology constantly progresses and advances, different methods are introduced to the industry. While many of these methods are employed in…

Can Blood Testing Determine The Age Of A Person?

Forensic Science has progressed over the years, with the advancements in blood testing proving to be extremely useful in many cases. Although TV shows today, such as CSI or True Detective, make blood testing and DNA analysis seem unsurpassable, the current forms of blood testing have had their limitations.  Up…

Toxicology Report On The Impact Of The Opioid Epidemic

The United States has paid a heavy toll for the nation’s opioid epidemic. Opioid-related deaths have placed a heavy burden on the country and one of the hidden impacts of this crisis is how it affects American pathologists across the United States. The Opioid Epidemic From 2001-2016, opioid-related deaths increased…

Forensic Toxicologist Thoughts On New Protocols For Drug Testing

Forensic toxicologists all over the country are tasked with testing evidence collected from all of the crime scenes that law enforcement personnel investigate. This testing includes drug evidence from every crime scene imaginable, from homicides to simple traffic citations for drug possession charges. Defendants, attorneys, prosecutors, and law enforcement rely…

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The Process Of Analyzing Data In Forensic Toxicology

Forensic toxicology is a complex field revolving around the use of toxins, chemicals, and poisons, particularly pertaining to instances of crime or even death. It is important to understand the role that data can play in the outcomes of court cases where forensic toxicology comes into play. Understanding Data In…

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When To Hire An Expert Witness

In the simplest terms, an expert witness is a person who testifies in a trial because of their vast knowledge in a subject or field that is pertinent to the case. There are only five significant categories of expert witnesses: financial, forensic, medical, mental health, and vocational. However, within each…

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What Are Your Rights With DUI Testing?

The law against drinking and driving is a hard and fast rule. But the rules are a little less clear when it comes to DUI testing. Police officers administer various types of drug tests across the country’s roads on a regular basis, but do these people know their rights when…

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