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A Robert Forrest

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies Volume 2

Chapter 21: Forensic Toxicology and Death Investigation

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Forensic Toxicology and Death Investigation
Forensic and Postmortem Toxicology
A Robert Forrest

Forensic toxicology is the discipline that deals with the study and investigation of the adverse effects of drugs and chemicals on organisms in support of the judicial process. In the context of death investigation, the forensic toxicologist will assist in the determining cause of death and may assist in the investigation of how a person came to their death by providing an opinion as to how drugs or chemicals found in their body may have affected their behaviour and state of mind during the period leading up to their death. They may also provide evidence as to the presence and potential effects of drugs or chemicals found in drug samples donated by persons whose ...

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