Forensic Blood Analysis

Reliable forensic toxicology testing with blood

Forensic drug testing has included blood and tissue since the days when analyzing these biological matrices was the surest way to determine a person’s drug use, when forensic toxicology first started. Evidence for determining probable cause, recent drug ingestion, driving impairment, and cause of death includes screening, identifying, and when necessary, quantifying drug levels in blood.

Other key aspects of testing blood samples focus on elucidation of the mechanisms of action of new drugs and development of remedies and treatment plans for associated toxic effects, such as the case with new psychoactive substances (NPS) or designer drugs. These learning resources show how forensic scientists use innovations in sample preparation and mass spectrometry to screen, confirm, and quantify drugs of abuse in blood.

Featured forensic blood analysis resources


See how Thermo Scientific SOLA solid phase extraction (SPE) eliminates common issues associated with conventional loose-packed SPE products.

Webinar series

Drug Testing Webinars

Learn how industry experts use mass spectrometry, including LC-MS, GC-MS, IRMS, DART, and more to research and advance forensic analysis and sports antidoping testing.


Forensic Chemistry eBook

Download an overview of the current state of forensic chemistry and the latest mass spectrometry technology, for more quickly identifying rapidly-evolving NPS.

Application note

  Rapid, Automated, and Accurate Determination of Volatiles in Human Blood by Headspace GC

Discover a proven workflow to rapidly and reliably determine blood alcohol levels.

Application note

  Confidently Quantitate THC and THC Metabolites in Blood Using Robust Sample Prep and Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry

Discover workflow solutions to address your growing forensic challenge.


Screen for the top 300 drug Analytes Utilizing the power of High Resolution Accurate Mass Orbitrap Technology

Leverage the power of HRAM Orbitrap MS to screen faster and more cost effectively.


Rapid screening for drugs of abuse in biological fluids by UHPLC/Orbitrap mass spectrometry

Learn how you can find tomorrow’s drugs today with leading high-resolution accurate mass (HRAM) MS technology.

Whiteboard video

Explore the Thermo Scientific LC-MS workflow solution for forensic toxicology that increases sample throughput and reduces cost per sample.

Forensic Resource Library

Further your knowledge of forensic testing applications and technologies with our comprehensive collection of applications and technical notes, peer-reviewed journal publications, webinars, posters, and more.

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