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How Real Is Toxicology Testing On TV

Television communicates a rather interesting narrative on how toxicology tests are conducted. On television, toxicology testing can appear glamorous, easy, and efficient. The truth is, toxicology testing reality is far from the elegant forensic portrayal on television. What Is Toxicology Testing? Toxicology tests are processes used to check for drugs,…

Types Of Drug Tests In The 21st Century

There is an increasing demand for toxicology data in the 21st century. With the number of types of drug tests available, many institutions and companies insist on drug tests before hiring or accepting a candidate. Traditional vitro methods of drug testing are not always feasible or time efficient. With the…

Drug Toxicology: Alcohol vs Drug related DUI

Part two of the series on drug toxicology is focused on how alcohol-impaired driving compares to driving under the influence of drugs. This article explores the well-documented consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol, how prosecution of drug-impaired driving compares, and how blood and urine testing are required to…

A Short History of Forensic Toxicology

Forensic toxicology is an essential component of many types of medical or legal investigations. The field of forensic toxicology covers a variety of crimes involving anything from prescription medications to recreational drug use. Many of us are aware of how police officers and attorneys use forensic toxicology but the history…

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…

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…

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…

Toxicology Lawyer Talks Drug Testing in The Workplace

Drug testing in the workplace has been the center of heated debates amongst toxicology lawyers for many years. Drug testing in the workplace is the process whereby companies or organizations utilize the resources of scientific laboratories to determine whether any of their employees are using illegal drugs. In most cases,…

Advances in Tools For the Forensic Toxicologist

Forensic toxicology is a field, while scientific and accurate, that is also fraught with contention. There are several reasons for this, notably due to biological samples that can give different results, false positives, and the existence of costly forensic toxicology equipment that is not always entirely reliable. Considering the necessity…

Drug Testing Myths

Undergoing drug testing can be a stressful affair for some. If your employer insists on it, you may want to know a little more about it. Below we debunk some of the myths surrounding drug testing. Drug testing is done by all employers You have most likely been told in…

Hair Testing – Hair All About It!

More Americans are now failing workplace drug tests than at any time in the last decade. Although most of these tests are done on urine or saliva, Quest’s Diagnostic’s report showed that it was the hair tests performed by employers in 2015 that showed the greatest increase in positive results….

Types of Forensic Testing

Forensic lawyers are essential to any scenario where the fields of law and forensic science join together. Forensics are used in relation to the detection and investigation of crimes. Various tests and techniques are carried out in a forensic investigation – this means that lawyers are often required to work…

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How Real Is Toxicology Testing On TV

Television communicates a rather interesting narrative on how toxicology tests are conducted. On television, toxicology testing can appear glamorous, easy, and efficient. The truth is, toxicology testing reality is far from the elegant forensic portrayal on television. What Is Toxicology Testing? Toxicology tests are processes used to check for drugs,…

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Types Of Drug Tests In The 21st Century

There is an increasing demand for toxicology data in the 21st century. With the number of types of drug tests available, many institutions and companies insist on drug tests before hiring or accepting a candidate. Traditional vitro methods of drug testing are not always feasible or time efficient. With the…

Read More

Drug Toxicology: Alcohol vs Drug related DUI

Part two of the series on drug toxicology is focused on how alcohol-impaired driving compares to driving under the influence of drugs. This article explores the well-documented consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol, how prosecution of drug-impaired driving compares, and how blood and urine testing are required to…

Read More