Forensic Toxicology analysis determines the absence or presence of drugs and their metabolites, chemicals, volatile substances, gases and metals in human tissues and other materials for law enforcement purposes. While traditionally an investigation of known compounds, the field of Forensic Toxicology is expanding into the identification of unknown compounds. Primary applications include post-mortem testing, driving under the influence (alcohol and illegal drug analysis) and sports/anti-doping testing.
Today, a developing area in Forensic Toxicology is the increasing use of Designer Drugs - synthetic analogs of illegal drugs developed to circumvent drug laws, i.e. bath salts, ecstasy, ketamine and methamphetamine. Analyzing these drugs can be difficult in both bulk format and in body fluids due to matrix interferences. Agilent has succeeded in using a combination of separation technologies, and powerful libraries to manage this challenging problem.
The field of Forensic Toxicology has further expanded beyond the traditional matrices of blood and urine to include hair, oral fluids and sweat. To learn more on our comprehensive solution on this topic, visit the Oral Fluid Analysis (For Forensic Use only) application page.