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Toxicology

Toxicology

In many criminal investigations a sample of an individual’s blood or urine is taken for scientific analysis. In certain other cases, samples from other body fluids body or organs are obtained.

Typically, the analytical scientist will be asked to examine the samples for the presence of alcohol and licit or illicit drug substances. This can be of great significance when a victim or assailant may have been intoxicated at the time of any incident and which may have contributed to their actions at a specific time.

The application of this type of analysis is extremely varied but may include the assessment of whether an individual has ingested a substance such as a so-called “date rape” drug or whether at the time of an incident their blood or urine alcohol concentration would have led to a comatose state.

This type of toxicological assessment can also be important when reviewing the conduct of an individual who has committed a crime and Bericon are often asked to review the effects of a particular drug or drugs.

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