Toxicology is the study of the effects of chemicals and physical agents on living organisms. At the forensic laboratory we are most concerned with substances, namely drugs and alcohol, which impair a person's ability to reason or function in some form. Forensic toxicology programs are generally divided into two subsections, forensic alcohol testing and forensic drug testing. The Vermont Forensic Laboratory currently has a full alcohol testing program including blood and breath alcohol as well as beverage alcohol content testing. Currently, Vermont does not have an in-house drug testing program and samples are sent to NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania for drug analysis.
Forensic Toxicology Links
Blood Alcohol Testing
- Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc.
- American Academy of Forensic Science
- International Association of Forensic Toxicologists