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.

Whiteboard video

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