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.
The jobs of the toxicologists involve testing for the presence of gases, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, poisons, alcohol, metals, and other poisons when poisoning or drug overdoses are expected. The work that they do may help solve the cases and can be called in to testify of the findings of their investigation.
The duties or roles include: evaluating determinants or contributory factors in the cause and manner of death. Determine the absence or presence of drugs and chemicals in the blood, tissue, and breath. Working with medical examiners to determine the cause of death.