The Toxicology Section performs testing for ethanol/volatiles and drugs in ante-mortem biological specimens. The section can also analyze beverages for ethanol content.
1. Ethanol/Other Volatiles analysis
Any DUI arrest may include a subsequent drawing of the suspect's blood, which may be analyzed for the presence of ethanol/other volatiles. Other volatiles include but are not limited to Methanol, Acetone, Isopropyl Alcohol, 1,1-Difluoroethane, and Toluene. The evidence is received, an analysis is performed using Headspace Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detector/Mass Spectrometer, a report is generated and the evidence is returned to the arresting officer. In the event that results are challenged in court, expert testimony is provided by the scientist. The Toxicology Section is also responsible for analyzing alcoholic beverages seized in illegal activity for the presence of ethanol/other volatiles.
2. Toxicology Drug Analysis
If an officer suspects that a DUI suspect is under the influence of a drug, blood may be submitted for testing. The evidence is analyzed using Liquid Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). A report is generated, and the evidence is returned to the arresting officer. If results are challenged in court, expert testimony is provided by the scientist.
DUI Toxicology Testing
Blood specimens will be analyzed for DUI cases. DUI blood collection kits are supplied directly to hospitals by the Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention upon request. To request blood kits submit the "Blood Kit Request" form linked below.
Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) Toxicology Testing
Both blood and urine specimens can be analyzed for testing in suspected DFSA cases. The type of testing that can be performed will be based on the time of collection post-assault. Blood Collection Kits for DFSA cases are contained inside of Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits.
The Toxicology Section does not accept expedited requests and works cases in the order they are received.
Types of testing for Case Submission Form
- Ethanol/Volatiles – do not choose if PBT/Intoximeter is 0.000 or no ethanol/volatile use is suspected
- Alcohol Content – beverages
- Drug Testing
Baccalaureate or an advanced degree in a chemical, physical, or biological science or forensic science with 30 hours of chemistry course work to include Instrumental Analysis.
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