Why do you think it is important to examine and understand the drug and toxicology levels of individuals involved in a crime? Is it more important to analyze the drug and toxicology levels of the suspect (cause) or the victim (effect)? Explain your response. REPLY TO MY CLASSMATE’S POST TELLING WHY YOU AGREE BY PRESENTING QUESTIONS, ALTERNATIVE ANALYSIS, CHALLENGES TO THEIR ASSUMPTIONS AND CLAIMS (WITH RESEARCH), ON HOW HE ARRIVED AT HIS CONCLUSIONS (MINIMUM OF 250 WORDS) MAKE SURE YOU ASK QUESTIONS IN THE DISCUSSION CLASSMATE’ S POST In my opinion, both fields are important simply because the field is used to determine if drugs are present in whatever matrix you’re looking in. Usually it is used for drug and alcohol related cases. A very common practice for toxicologist would be to test the blood alcohol levels of people accused of drunk driving. Now if we are focusing on how to it is solving crime, so it has different disciplines, or we can say sectors where it is playing a major role for helping the criminal justice system. “As part of a team investigating a crime, a forensic toxicologist will isolate and identify any substances in the body that may have contributed to the crime, such as. Alcohol. Illegal or prescription drugs. Other chemicals.” (Forensic Toxicologist July 14, 2017) That’s an interesting question cause and effect. Typically, a toxicologist’s job is to distinguish drugs, poison, or alcohol within someone’s system. For instance, if you’re referring to homicides committed by poisoning, or overdose that’s where it’s difficult. As a matter of fact, people get poisoned and it’s undetected because sometimes poisonings are natural. The majority of time these typically involve ill persons or the elderly. If someone’s survives an arsenic poisoning, their likely cause of death would be renal failure, which is what their death would be classified as, and we would move on unless foul play is suspected. I can imagine the job is hard because you have to figure out what is an unnatural death and what is natural, or even accidental. Someone can die from some unknown cause with drugs in their system, and it is chance that could be misinterpreted as a homicide when in fact the victim simply died. Toxicology is a tricky field but is incredibly interesting. Reference: “Forensic Toxicologist.” ExploreHealthCareers.org, 14 July 2017, https://explorehealthcareers.org/career/forensic-science/forensic-toxicologist/.