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Why do toxicity tests take weeks?

Asked by jaytkay (25767points) June 1st, 2010

Why would it take eight to 12 weeks to look for chemicals/poisons/drugs after a death?

In today’s paper there’s a story about a man found dead, with no obvious cause. “An autopsy Monday was inconclusive”.

OK, understandable. But the next step is “toxicology test results, which could take eight to 12 weeks, a medical examiner’s spokesman said.”


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