Birmingham City Laboratories

Toxicology Section provides analysis and advice on:
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Carbon Monoxide in blood
  • Drug overdose
  • Solvent abuse
  • Alcohol in body fluids
  • Quality and independence
  • Interpretation and advice
Birmingham City Laboratories' Toxicology Section performs analysis for a wide range of drugs and intoxicants on body fluids and tissues. We can respond to your needs for urgent or specialist analyses. We provide a full interpretation service on the significance of the results obtained. This is designed to be of maximum evidential value to
Pathologists, Coroners and the Police. Our scientists are highly trained, experienced and well qualified and appear as expert witnesses in H.M. Coroners’ and Crown Courts.

Drugs of Abuse in Blood and Urine
Heroin, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Ecstasy, Methadone and Cannabis are amongst the drugs that are commonly abused. We carry out screening, confirmation and quantification using instrumental techniques such as GC/MS.

Drug Testing

UKAS Accredited provides you with independent third party assurance of our competence and
in the reliability of the results we produce.
Our current schedule is listed at

Carbon Monoxide in Blood
Accidental poisoning by fumes from faulty gas fires or cookers. Suicides by the use of exhaust fumes.


Ethyl Alcohol in Blood and Urine
Deaths resulting from road traffic incidents involving both motorists and pedestrians, deaths from acute alcohol intoxication and accidents such as falls and drowning where alcohol may have played a part. Also alcohol may be found in combination with other drugs.

Blood Testing

Prescription Drugs in Blood and Liver
Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs such as Librium,Valium and Amitriptyline, sleeping tablets such as Temazepam, and analgesics such as Codeine and Paracetamol are a few examples of the types of drug taken in excess either accidentally or deliberately. These and many more are tested for on a regular basis.
Anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs, such as Librium,Valium and Amitriptyline, sleeping tablets such as Temazepam, and analgesics are examples of the types of drug taken in excess either accidentally or  deliberately. Our portfolio of analysis includes all commonly prescribed drugs of these types and expands continually to keep up to date with new developments. One-off assays can be developed on request.

Birmingham City Laboratories,
12 Dec 2011, 02:00