Behavioral Effects of Drugs & Alcohol

The effects of drugs and alcohol on behavior are directly related to its level in the blood. Likewise, duration and intensity of effects of drugs will vary across substances and dosages. The interaction between chemicals and the body can have dramatic effects on a personís observed behavior.

A toxicologist is responsible for determining the amount of the chemical ingested and its relationship to the general effects felt on the individual. The forensic toxicologist, however, reviews an individualís unique characteristics and drug sensitivities to enhance the confidence of his opinion.

Through analysis of these changes in behavior, toxicology experts can determine whether the drug is a stimulant or depressant. The Forensic Panelís forensic toxicologists have substantial experience in untangling a personís reactions and how they relate to possible drug ingestion.

Assessment of such effects, especially when a person has ingested multiple drugs and in uncertain dosage, may test the bounds of scientific certainty. The Forensic Panelís peer review ensures that the determinations made reflect the current understanding of the forensic toxicology. This oversight safeguards the objectivity of The Forensic Panelís findings and the scientific integrity of such oft-nuanced determinations.