Forensic Toxicology


Toxicology Discipline

The Toxicology Discipline of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences provides assistance to local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Alabama in death and criminal investigations. This assistance includes laboratory analyses of biological specimens for the presence of drugs and poisons. The findings of these analyses may then be used to establish cause and manner of death or to establish or explain impairment or performance of an individual pursuant to criminal activity. The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Toxicology Discipline operates in the Birmingham/Hoover Regional Laboratory.

The Toxicology Discipline currently receives and completes in excess of 4000 cases annually. Specimens are submitted from autopsies conducted by medical examiners associated with the Department. The bulk of the remaining specimens are submitted by local police and county sheriff departments, Alabama State Troopers and county coroners. Any law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in the State of Alabama may submit specimens for examination. Current casework based on the nature of the investigation is represented below.

Contact Us

Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences
Toxicology Section Birmingham/Hoover Regional Laboratory

2026 Valleydale Road
Hoover, AL 35244-2095

Tel (205) 982-9292
Fax (205) 403-2025

Toxicology Laboratory Section Chief: Justin E. Sanders, MSFS
Toxicology Discipline Chief: Curt E. Harper, Ph.D.