CHEMISTRY

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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.  The legal statutes regarding testing in drug chemistry are located in the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code.   

Analysts:

Jennifer Watson - Technical Leader
Todd Yoak
Hillary Loucks
Meredith Goebel
Haleigh Balser

 

The chemistry section utilizes the latest forensic science standards and best practices for the analysis of seized drugs and other substances. The section handles approximately 6,200 requests a year, the majority 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 most commonly identified controlled substances include methamphetamine, fentanyl/fentanyl analogs, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol. 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.

Standard Operating Procedures

Administrative

Quality Control

 Analysis

 Instrumentation

 General Chemical Testing

 Cannabis

 Appendix A: GC/MS Methods

 Appendix B: Abbreviations

 Appendix C: Technical Review Corrections

 Appendix D: Balance and Instrument Info

 Appendix E: Balance Calibration Checks

 Appendix F: PID Sources

 Appendix G: Color Tests

 Appendix H: Tune Acceptability Criteria

 Appendix I: IR Operating Procedure

 Appendix J: GC/IR Parameters

 Appendix K: Extractions

 Appendix L: Macro Instructions

 Appendix M: Electronic Data Output