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10th Aug
forensic toxicologist

The Steps A Forensic Toxicologist Takes For Alcohol Testing

Before exploring the methods a forensic toxicologist uses to test for alcohol, it is important to understand what a forensic toxicologist is. Toxicology on its own is the study and identification of toxins and drugs in the human body and analyzing and quantifying the amounts of these substances. Forensics is…

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20th Jul
urine testing

The Reliability of Urine Testing

Many employers, schools, athletic associations and law enforcement agencies are conducting more frequent drug and alcohol testing. While there are many testing methods out there, the most commonly on-site drug test used is urine testing. Due to the nature of how urine testing is conducted and the manner in which…

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13th Jul
gunshot residue

How Gunshot Residue Helps or Hinders a Case

Once considered a critical piece of evidence within criminal trials, the reliability of using gunshot residue (GSR) as evidence has become a point of contention. This is mainly due to the possibility of tampering and the multiple factors by which someone could have exposure to the substance. In order to…

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6th Jul
toxicology co-counsel

What Is A Toxicology Co-Counsel?

California courts are faced with an overwhelming number of cases each year. Ensuring thorough preparation of a legal case is important to ensure your case has a stronger argument when it’s heard in court. This sometimes requires enlisting the help of an expert witness or co-counsel. Forensics and toxicology are…

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29th Jun
hospital blood testing

The Legalities of Hospital Blood Testing

The legalities behind hospital blood testing have crept their way into the media several times. When a patient arrives at the hospital, there are certain conditions that need to be met in order for their blood to be tested. These conditions may vary from state to state. In many instances,…

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15th Jun
Forensic Lawyer

Defining the Role of a Forensic Lawyer

Forensic lawyers are experts in both law and forensic science. The intersection of science and law has allowed for new tools and methodologies for discovering truth. Okorie Okorocha has served as an expert witness in over 280 trials. His role is to help juries understand complex, scientific concepts and to…

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8th Jun
Narcopouch Test

Narcopouch Tests – Drug Testing Made Easy

A narcopouch test is a presumptive test designed to identify illegal substances. After analysis, a presumptive test will tell you one of two things. It is definitely not a certain substance or the sample is probably the suspected substance. Similar to a portable chemistry lab, narcopouch tests are self-contained, providing…

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25th May
sweat patches

The Pros and Cons of Sweat Patches For Drug Testing

The use of sweat patches as a method of drug testing is a relatively new development in the field of forensic toxicology. Sweat patch drug testing is becoming increasingly popular among employers screening employees and job applicants for drug use, although sweat patches are typically used to monitor persons on…

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18th May
forensic toxicology

Forensic Toxicology: The Accuracy of Drug and Driving Impairment Measures

Within the field of forensic toxicology, studies can be done on the effect of drug consumption on driving abilities, in order to measure impairment levels. The extent of scientific study on the relationship between drugs and driving impairment is increasing and vast, however, much more research needs to be done!…

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11th May
expert witness

Help – I Need An Expert Witness

An important thing any professional learns while studying their field is when to call an expert. Whether you are a doctor, engineer, historian, or architect, there will always be some aspect of your field that you will need to refer to someone else’s better qualified judgement. It is the same…

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23rd Feb
false positive drug test results

What Causes a False Positive Drug Test Result

Drug screening results can really affect the lives and circumstances of those it involves. Accuracy in how these drug tests are carried out is of high importance as the results can have long lasting consequences for the individuals involved. False positive drug test results are a real possibility in today’s…

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20th Feb
Alcohol Testing

The Accuracy of Alcohol Testing

In the United States of America, a blood alcohol concentrate (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, is considered illegal if you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Alcohol testing is used to determine if the BAC level is above the legal limits. Main Methods Of Alcohol Testing There are three…

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Toxicology Co-Counsel Weighs In On Recreational Marijuana Use

While attorneys are well versed in the proper practices of law, it is often necessary for them to seek co-counsel in specific fields. One field that continues to be searched for by attorneys is toxicology co-counsel. This remains true especially as recreational marijuana laws and use continues to grow and…

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Expert Witness Weighs In On Drug Injection Sites

A few months ago, a panel consisting of expert witnesses, drug experts and politicians met to discuss the opioid epidemic devastating New England. The panel promoted safe injection sites as a solution. A safe injection site is a place an addict could inject heroin without fear of getting arrested. A…

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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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