Forensic Toxicologist

Katie Pitts

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Forensic Toxicologists look for any chemicals or substances that are in the body. They typically find this out by testing bodily fluids or tissues to see what substance was used, which may be a significant part in whatever crime was commited.

How it might be used:

They can test the body for date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, GHB, Ketamine, alcohol, prescription drugs, poisons, metals, or carbon monixide. After determining what drug or poison is in the body, that can help solve the crime or cause of death. They can also help find out locations of the drug in a certain area, which helps authorities to find out other people's involvment in the crime, or prove someone guilty.


It's common for a Forensic Toxicologist to have a bachelor's degree in a scientific field such as chemistry, biology, or pharmacology (branch of biology and and medicine study of how drugs affect biological systems). Master's and Doctoral degrees are also offered by universities.
Because of the high level of drug use and death caused by drugs in some sort of way, not only in the United States, but all over the world, forensic toxicology is a popular field in forensic science.