Forensic Toxicology

 

The toxicology section provides alcohol and drug testing, interpretation of WSLH results, and court testimony to coroners/medical examiners and law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin. Testing provided to coroners and medical examiners assists these county officials in routine death investigations.

Testing for law enforcement agencies is limited to traffic safety and other motor vehicle matters (boats, ATVs and snowmobiles), in support of Wisconsin’s impaired driving laws (Wisconsin Statute 343.305). The WSLH will not accept samples from non-traffic felony cases–these must be sent to the State Crime Laboratory.

The forensic toxicology section receives about 20,000 specimens annually for alcohol and/or drug testing. Approximately 10% of these specimens are for death investigations. Suitable specimens are as follows:

  • For traffic safety testing, blood or urine samples may be analyzed for alcohol content. A blood specimen must be submitted if testing is required for drugs other than alcohol.
  • For coroners and/or medical examiners, blood, urine, vitreous humor, gastric contents/pill fragments, bile and liver tissue samples may be analyzed.

Blood / Urine kits are provided free of charge to law enforcement agencies and Coroners / Medical Examiners. Kits may be ordered from our ORDER FORM, or by calling (608) 224-6257.

Updated 12/07/2016: WSLH Accepting Samples for all Types of OWI cases icon-pdf

Released 12/07/2016: Dane County Roadside Oral Fluid Project – Phase 1 Summary icon-pdf

Inside the Forensic Toxicology Lab Video

 

For Hospitals and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE): Sexual Assault Sample Collection Kit Ordering

 

The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene does NOT provide collection kits nor testing for sexual assault cases. To order sexual assault sample collection kits, please contact Dan Campbell with the Wisconsin Crime Laboratory at 608-266-2031 . Thank you.

 

 

Contact Information

 

General Questions 608-224-6241
Court Scheduling 608-224-6242
Alcohol Testing 608-224-6248 thomas.neuser@slh.wisc.edu
Toxicology Section Supervisor 608-224-6247 amy.miles@slh.wisc.edu
Drug Testing 608-224-6241 amy.miles@slh.wisc.edu, william.johnson@slh.wisc.edu
DRE Contact 608-224-6248 kimberle.glowacki@slh.wisc.edu
Coroner Contact 608-224-6244 diane.kalscheur@slh.wisc.edu
Open Records 608-224-6236 edward.oliver@slh.wisc.edu
Kit / Form Orders 608-224-6257 Coroner Kit Order Form
Kit / Form Orders (toll free) 800-442-4618 Implied Consent Order Form
FAX 608-224-6259