Forensic Post-mortem Toxicology Testing

  • Easily collected from a decedent.
  • Utilizes a single instrument to quantify prescription and illicit drug.
  • We are able to provide results within hours as compared to days or weeks with traditional matrices and instrumentation.
  • Although traditional matrices are routinely analyzed in forensic toxicology. For the past year oral fluid has been used as a matrix for the detection and quantification of prescription and illicit drugs in post-mortem cases.
  • Stable reservoir resulting in more identifications of heroin because of frequent detection of 6-acetylmorphine in oral fluid.
  • Collecting a viable sample in a decaying cadaver are typically rarer and often limited to putrefactive fluid in pleural cavities and/or blisters.
  • Oral fluid has been collected as a viable matrix even after a body has been submerged in water for up to 10 days or putrefaction has commenced.
  • Its capability to retain trace amounts of drugs and their ensuing metabolites indicates recent and past drug usage.
  • Finally, it’s cost-effective because of the broad drug panel and its exquisite sensitivity selectivity with the triple quadrupole instrument.

Clinical Toxicology Testing

  • No Adulteration: oral fluid can be collected in a public setting; eliminating concerns of specimen alteration and/or substitution. Your staff can witness the collection of the sample. Can be collected in a waiting or examination room.
  • It’s cost-effective because of the broad drug panel and its exquisite sensitivity selectivity with the triple quadrupole instrument.
  • Oral Fluid provides higher sensitivity and lower detection levels compared to urine testing.
  • Oral fluid is not a bio-hazard.
  • Verify that your patients are taking their prescribed medication as directed.
  • To ensure that your patients are not abusing their prescribed medication.