Forensic toxicology is an interdisciplinary field between chemistry, medicine and pharmacy. It provides answers to criminological and legal questions concerning the impact of toxic and pharmaceutically active substances in unnatural deaths, in car accidents (“driving-under-the-influence”) or in drug or medication abuse.
Determining a cause of death, detecting poisoning as well as investigating traffic incidents and questions of criminal liability, all fall under the category of forensic toxicology. Forensic toxicology can involve the detection of the intake of (or abstinence from) addictive drugs in therapy or workplace-testing. It can also validate testimonies or show that someone is meeting probation conditions (criminal law).
Blood, saliva, urine or stomach contents are taken to…