Forensic chemists analyze drugs submitted by other agencies. Drug types received commonly range from clandestine chemical substances to therapeutic or prescribed medications. Cocaine, heroin, marijuana and amphetamines, all drugs of abuse, represent the most common products received for chemical assay. Law enforcement agencies within the medical examiner’s district are faced daily with the challenge of identifying drugs found subsequent to an arrest or search warrant execution.
Forensic toxicological services were established at the Medical Examiner’s Office in 1983. Subsequently, the toxicology laboratory has expanded to include mass spectrometry, gas chromatography and high-pressure liquid chromatography analysis. The toxicology laboratory provides drug testing to assist medical examiners in determining the cause and manner of death by isolating, identifying and determining the level of chemicals in collected specimens. Additionally, the forensic toxicology laboratory participates regularly in established analytical proficiency testing and quality assurance programs.
A copy of the current Laboratory Services Handbook may be downloaded using the following link:
| Lab Services Handbook
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