Today we will deal with an interesting topic, Forensic Toxicology,
a science that studies drugs and poisons and the medical and
legal implications associated to the consumption of these substances.
It is used when there are situations that are or could be relevant in a criminal trial,
thus the very close link with legal medicine.
Historically the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory has been involved in analyzing samples
coming from corpses or objects related to:
- drug overdose
- poisoning from drugs or exogenous substances
- analysis of narcotic drugs
- identification of pesticides, drugs or poisons in food
In recent years the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory has been asked to perform tests
on living biological samples with clinical, administrative or medical purposes.
Toxicological analysis in the forensic area involve the analysis of matrices
so-called “conventional” (blood and urine) and / or “alternative” matrices such as
pilifera matrix, oral fluid, sweat, whose respective outcomes, alone or in
combination of each other,
provide useful elements for correct diagnosis
valid both for forensic toxicology and medical purposes.
The EUREKA KITS belonging to the Forensic Toxicology family are used to
CONFIRM and QUANTIFY drugs of abuse
in urine, keratin and blood.
They are Second Level Confirmation tests and
must be performed in Gaschromatography and Liquid Chromatography coupled with
These are the EUREKA KITS that belong to this category ,starting from the urinaries
and using a Gas chromatograph coupled with the Mass Spectrometer.
“EUREKA KITS” ON URINARY MATRIX IN GC-MS
• Benzoylecgonine, Cocaethylene and Cocaine
• Methadone and Eddp
“EUREKA KITS” ON KERATIN MATRIX IN GC-MS
• Basic Substances of Delta-9-Thc
“EUREKA KIT” IN MATRIX WHOLE BLOOD IN GC-MS
• Basic abuse substances
ACUTE AND CHRONIC ABUSE OF ALCOHOL in GC – FID – headspace and / or GC – MS – headspace
• Ethyl Alcohol on Whole Blood
• Plasma Ethyl Alcohol
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