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Toxicology Laboratory

Forensic Pricing Guide V2
Notification of Customers of Toxicology Capabilities 
Toxicology Testing Request Form Fillable v4.xls
Instructions for Specimen Collection for Testing under ODH Guide.pdf
Reference Laboratory Listing V3

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.

Research by CCMEO Toxicology