Module Nine Lesson Two Assignment: Comic Strip on Toxicology

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  • Forensic toxicologists are scientists who are responsible for testing bodily fluids and tissue samples during autopsies looking for the presence of chemicals. Toxicologists work in laboratories to perform tests on samples collected by crime scene investigators.
  • Their jobs involve testing for the presence of: gases (e.g., carbon monoxide); illicit drugs; prescription drugs; poisons; alcohol; metals; and other poisons when poisoning or drug overdoses are expected. Their work may help solve criminal cases, and they are often called in to testify in a court of law on the findings of their investigations.
  • The job duties of a forensic toxicologist include: Evaluating determinants or contributory factors in the cause and manner of death Performing human-performance forensic toxicology, determining the absence or presence of drugs and chemicals in the blood, hair, tissue, breath, etc. Working with medical examiners and coroners to help establish the role of alcohol, drugs and poisons related to the cause of death Using state-of-the-art chemical and biomedical instrumentation Providing expert witness testimony Complying with safety, quality control, and other administrative criteria
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