You can say that forensics is what you get when you combine law enforcement with science, although forensic toxicologists can also be seen working in medical facilities and drug-testing agencies. Regardless of where their profession leads them, precision and accuracy are the words all forensic personnel live by, especially the toxicologists. After all, a wrong analysis of a certain chemical found in the crime scene can lead to the acquittal of the liable.
Chemicals are one of the most difficult things to study even for a scientist because they’re fragile, volatile, and highly reactive. For instance, drugs ingested by humans undergo absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion in a matter of hours. The chemicals in the drugs tend to take a different form in each phase. Only forensic toxicologists can determine the exact nature of the drugs using precision instruments and accurate testing.
However, their job doesn’t end there; they must also present their findings to law enforcement personnel in a language they can easily understand. This means translating technical research papers into simple reports, which must be done carefully, lest some parts of the findings will be lost in translation. Sometimes, the toxicologist can even be called by the court to testify and explain his or her findings to the judge and jury.