Frequently Asked Questions
Results and Reporting
Is my testing done? Where in the process is the testing on my samples?
How will I receive results?
How do I read my results report?
Does anyone review the results before they go out?
What does it mean when the result says >, <, or positive?
- ># means that the number is greater than our Upper Limit of Quantitation (ULOQ).
- <# means that the level is greater than our Limit of Detection (LOD) but less than our Limit of Quantitation (LOQ).
- Positive means that level is greater than our LOD
Is the concentration of drug listed on my report at a therapeutic, toxic, lethal, or impairing level?
Is this result consistent with them taking a certain amount of medication?
What if I need my results faster than normal due to special circumstances in my case?
Why didn’t you look for drug X, Y, or Z?
We may have looked for the drug but we listed it by a different name. Please first check the generic name vs. brand name of the drug, as these most often will differ. Our results will be reported as the generic name of the drug. For example if you requested testing for ‘Ambien’, the result would be listed as ‘Zolpidem’.
If the drug was not specifically requested and it is not a drug we routinely look for, the testing may not have been added. Please contact us to request additional specific testing. Screening for a specific drug may not be included in the selected testing. Please review your requested panel or test code to insure the screening for the drug of interest was included.
If you need additional help or have any other circumstance, please contact us so that we may resolve your testing questions or concerns.
What if I need a test that ChemaTox does not list or provide?
Please contact us with the testing you wish to have performed. We work very closely with both local and national reference laboratories. We will help to identify an appropriate reference laboratory and can even facilitate the testing for you.
I want to send a sample to you. How should I package it?
I cannot ship my samples immediately. How should I store them prior to shipping?
Customer Service and Consultation
I am interested in switching to your laboratory to perform testing for my agency. What do I do next?
- Please contact customer service at 303-440-4500 and request account set-up information.
- You can also order collection kits (where applicable) at this time.
- Sign up for the web portal.
Who do I contact if I have a question about ... ?
Is a toxicologist available for consultation?
How do I pay for my testing?
Postmortem Toxicology FAQs
What is the scope of your postmortem toxicology testing services?
Should I test postmortem samples for THC (marijuana)?
How do I prepare my samples for submission?
Why should I submit antemortem samples?
What is the minimal sample volume you need for testing?
Why do you ask for certain volumes of sample?
When am I required to submit samples for carbon monoxide testing?
Can you test plasma or serum for CO?
Can you test for inhalants?
Can you test hospital samples in serum separator tubes?
Why do you need the complete medication record of the decedent?
What if I suspect an opioid overdose?
Does it matter if I send heart blood or femoral blood?
What is Postmortem Redistribution?
Can you test physical evidence (pills, paraphernalia, etc. from the scene)?
Forensic Toxicology FAQs
Does ChemaTox provide collection kits?
Please contact us if you are interested in collection supplies.
Everyone involved in the handling of our collection kits should watch this video:
What is the procedure for having a second sample tested?
To have us test a second sample, use the following steps:
Complete a Request For Analysis form.
If necessary, send a DA's release as well.
Please call if you are unsure whether or not this is necessary.
Send the completed form along with payment to:
ChemaTox Laboratory, Inc
PO Box 20590
Boulder, CO 80308
or fax it to: (303)440-0668
If paying by check or money order, please mail it with a copy of the Request For Analysis form. Please n\ ote on the form that you have already faxed a copy.
How much does it cost for a second sample test?
- $35 Denver metro area
- $45 Fort Collins
- $35 Shipping from CBI
You did the testing on the first sample for the police; can you test the second sample as well?
I would like to have another laboratory test the second sample, what do I need to do to have you send it elsewhere?
Rocky Mountain Instrumental Laboratory has couriers who will pick
up samples directly from us, we do not charge a packing fee.
If you wish to send the sample to a different lab, the minimum price is $20 for shipping by USPS. ChemaTox will only send samples to other certified laboratories. Please call for additional information and instructions.
When do I get my report?
It has been more than 2 days and I don't have my results, where are they?
I've been told there are no retained breath samples, what does that mean?
Beginning in January 2007, Colorado jurisdictions began switching over to a new rule pertaining to breath testing. This regulation does not require the capture of a second sample for testing by an independent laboratory.
A full copy of these rules is available online. NOTE: They still collect second samples for blood tests. These are available to be retested by the defendant. These sam\ ples are retained for a year from receipt.
Can you test a controlled substance that has been taken as evidence by the police?
Can you perform testing for DFSA (drug facilitated sexual assault), homicide, civil, or other non-driving cases?
Your ELISA screen cutoffs seem higher than what I was expecting, is there a reason for that?
Is your laboratory familiar with the DRE program?
What if my kit is expired and it is the only one we have left?
My subject may be under the influence of LSD, should I do anything special to the sample?
Expert Services FAQs
Do you offer expert testimony?
How much do you charge for expert testimony?
What do I have to do to schedule you for a case?
- Calendaring fee (non-refundable)
- 1 hour case preparation time (this includes time for a pre-trial conference)
- Driving time