CHEMISTRY

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Dr. Matthew Juhascik-Laboratory Supervisor

To request a rush on a drug case, email drugrushes@mcohio.org with the laboratory case number, defendant's name, date of offense, submitting agency and case number, the date due and your contact information.  

Analyst:
Brooke Ehlers-Technical Leader
Jennifer Watson
Todd Yoak
Hillary Crosley

                                                                                                              
The chemistry section utilizes the latest analytical instrumentation for the analysis of seized drugs and other substances. The section handles approximately 8,000 cases a year, most of which include drugs and/or drug paraphernalia. The weight and identity of a suspected drug is critical for law enforcement to be able to proceed through the criminal justice system. The samples commonly analyzed in the chemistry section include heroin, marijuana/hashish, methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, pharmaceuticals, a variety of hallucinogens, designer drugs (including the latest generation of synthetic substances), and clandestine lab samples. In general, an analysis consists of a preliminary test and confirmation test. The confirmation of a controlled substance can be done using GC-MS, FT-IR, GC-IR, or a combination of the listed techniques.

                                                                                                                                                               

The section also analyzes harmful intoxicant, bank-dye, liquor, ignitable liquid, and poison cases for the laboratory.