Gary Clair
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  • March14th

    toxicology reportOne thing I’ve always been curious about when I see stories of celebrity deaths (and there were a lot this past year) is how a toxicology report is done. Every time someone passes, it seems the media inevitably says something along the lines of “we’re awaiting the results of the toxicology report.” But what is a toxicology report and how is it done?

    Toxicology testing is the testing for drugs in a person’s body after their death. It is used in forensic work to determine cause of death. In other instances, it may be done at the workplace when employees are tested for drug use or in sports professionals to ensure they are drug free and not using banned substances. After testing, a toxicology report is issued that determines the contents found in a person’s body. Here is how it’s done.

    During an autopsy, blood, tissue and urine samples are taken so that it can be checked in toxicology tests. Blood is taken from various areas of the body, such as the femoral vein and heart. This is because drug concentration can vary from one part of the body to another. Urine is collected if there is any present in the body and tissue from the brain, liver and kidney are collected for testing as well.

    From there, all the specimens are delivered to a toxicology expert for testing. Specimens are located in separate vials or containers to prevent contamination so that definitive results can be made when they are tested. There are also records of who handled each specimen to ensure that there is minimal risk of contamination or a mixup.

    In addition to the testing itself, investigators will also examine the contents of the person’s medicine cabinet and other areas in their home to determine whether there was illicit drug use or if they were taking prescription drugs. Additionally, investigators can learn whether the individual was receiving multiple prescriptions from more than one doctor.

    A toxicology report is made when experts determine the amount and type of drugs or poison in a person’s system. They check to see whether the amount was lethal and also consider other factors, such as the symptoms the individual experience prior to their death.

    The testing is done when there is no other physical finding that reveals the cause of death. However, not every report is simple because there are always new drugs appearing on a daily basis. The fact that people change their drug of choice with the crop of new drugs surfacing and the popularity of others diminishing can potentially complicate the testing and subsequent report. It’s important for experts to stay on top of these trends.

    In addition, it can take a long time – as much as several weeks – to get the toxicology data and the overall test results. This is because analyzing drugs is a process that involves several steps. Preliminary tests need to be confirmed and if the individual had more than one drug in their system, each has to be examined separately.

  • March3rd

    The City of Angels is known for its glitz and glam. The city is home to several actors and actresses and some of the wealthiest people in America. This rings true for Los Angeles hotels too. Here the top five luxury hotels in Los Angeles.

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  • February23rd

    One of the better ways to get more value out of your commercial building is to use the areas that are neglected. When you upgrade or remodel any part of your building, you are also making your property easier to sell down the line when that day comes.

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  • February16th

    Alabama boasts some of the most stunning beaches in the United States. Even though they are not located in the more well-known state of Florida, these beaches are world-class in their own rights. Fort Morgan, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores offer miles of diamond white sand that feels like silk between your toes. The waters are clear and warm from the Gulf of Mexico. Activities like fishing, diving, parasailing and more are all possibilities in these areas. So how do you decide which beach is right for you? Here are some differences between these gorgeous places.

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  • February8th

    Selecting the proper budgeting software for your business is important; the right software makes your business run more smoothly and efficiently, while the wrong product creates numerous problems. With the many software options available, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when looking for a new program. However, following a few basic criteria can help you determine the software that is the best fit for your budgeting needs. Continue reading “How To Choose Budgeting Software For Your Business” »

  • January27th

    You will more than likely be operating a forklift if you recently got a new job at a warehouse or in manufacturing. So, what do you wear? It’s important to put your safety first whenever you operate machinery. Now that you have your forklift operating license, it’s time to learn what to wear while operating. Here are some tips for anyone that operates a forklift for work.

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  • January13th

    Train vacations are the next up-and-coming trend in travel. Not only are you traveling to exciting places, the journey is just as fun. You get to see gorgeous views and walk about the cabins comfortably. Train travel is a must do for any traveler in 2017; here’s why.

    Travel to more places for your money

    Air travel can be costly, while train travel lets you stop in several places for one set price. Think about it this way: Would you rather fly from Chicago to California, or take a train from Chicago to California that also stops in six other states?

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