Chemistry of Death

October 2, 2014

a chemical diagram made of skulls

Determining the cause of death is not a straightforward process and requires knowledge of forensic toxicology and pharmacology. Join Dr. Lucas Zarwell, the Chief Toxicologist at the DC Medical Examiner's Office as he explores the chemistry of death and breaks down the chemistry that begins as life ends.      

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What You Will Learn

  • An overview of the pharmacology of ionization
  • Describe the process of postmortem drug redistribution
  • Recognize limitations when interpreting postmortem results

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Lucas Zarwell
DC Medical Examiner's Office 

Darren Griffin
University of Kent