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Toxicology Laboratory

NEW! Toxicology OVI per se policy (effective June 1, 2015)
Forensic Pricing Guide V2

Notification of Customers of Toxicology Capabilities 
Toxicology Testing Request Form
Instructions for Specimen Collection for Testing under ODH Guide.pdf
Reference Laboratory Listing V5

Toxicology is the study of the harmful effects of chemicals on living systems.  Forensic Toxicology is a sub-discipline in which toxicology is applied for purposes of the law.  The primary focus of Forensic Toxicology is on humans and is composed of postmortem toxicology, behavioral toxicology, and urine drug testing.  All three area of forensic toxicology are practiced by the Toxicology Department at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.  Specimens, usually blood and urine, are analyzed for the presence of drugs and alcohol.  In postmortem cases, the results of toxicology may help explain why and how an individual died.  Behavioral toxicology is concerned with cases of driving while intoxicated or drug facilitated sexual assault.  Urine drug testing is performed on persons who have been placed on probation by the courts.

Notice to clients: The Toxicology Department is no longer performing Urine drug screening utilizing EMIT (Enzyme-Multiplied Immunoassay Technique). Testing for the relevant drug classes is being performed using other approved methodologies (GC-MS, LC-MS/MS). 

Research by CCMEO Toxicology

Fentanyl Research


SOFT - The Society of Forensic Toxicologists, October 2016 

MATT - Midwest Association for Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, April, 2016

Other Research