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Toxicology Evidence Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: How do I get a copy of my blood test results?

Q: How do I request an independent test?

Q: How long do you hold the blood samples?

Q: How do I submit toxicology evidence to OSBI?

Q: How do I obtain blood kits for sample collection?

Q: Where can I find DUI/DUID laws?

Q: Is the Toxicology lab accredited?

Q: What are the requirements to become a Criminalist?

Q: What types of samples will the Toxicology Lab analyze?

Q: What types of cases does the Toxicology Lab work?

Q: How can I get a practicum at OSBI?

Q: I have a question about my blood test results. Who do I contact?

Q: How do I submit toxicology evidence to the OSBI?

Q: How should samples be stored until they are ready to be submitted to the OSBI?

 

 

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Q: How do I get a copy of my blood test results?

A:  You or your attorney can contact the District Attorney in the county of offense, the Department of Public Safety, or

      you may send a letter to the OSBI requesting your blood test results. Please include your name, date of arrest, 

      arresting agency, and return address. If you have a blood kit number or an OSBI laboratory number, please 

      include that in your letter. If your attorney is making the request, they will need to include your name as the 

      person they are representing.

Q: How do I request an independent test?

A:  You or your attorney may send a letter to the OSBI requesting an independent test. Please, include your name, 

     date of arrest, arresting agency, blood kit number, and the name of the lab you want the sample to be sent for 

     testing. If your attorney is making the request, they will need to include your name as the person they are 

     representing.

Q: How long do you hold the blood samples?

A:  The defendant’s retention specimen will be retained for 60 days from the date of collection in accordance with 

      Title 47 O.S. § 752. Remaining specimens involving impaired driving may be destroyed after 4 months from 

      the date received by the OSBI.

Q: How do I submit toxicology evidence to OSBI?

A:  Click here for evidence submittal information.

Q: How do I obtain blood kits for sample collection?

A:  OSBI Blood Specimen Collection Kits are available to law enforcement agencies in the State of Oklahoma.  Drug 

Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) kits are also available for hospitals. 

     Click here for contact information on obtaining blood kits or DFSA kits.  

Q: Where can I find DUI/DUID laws?

A:  Click here to see the Oklahoma State Statutes concerning DUI/DUID Title 47.

Q: Is the Toxicology lab accredited?

A:  Yes, the OSBI Toxicology Lab is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory 

     Accreditation Board International (ASCLD/LAB). Click here to learn about the OSBI Forensic Science Center lab 

     accreditation. 

Q: What are the requirements to become a Criminalist?

A:  Click here to see the requirements to become a Criminalist.

Q: What types of samples will the Toxicology Lab analyze?

A:  Blood samples should be collected in grey top tubes (or equivalent) containing 10% potassium oxalate and sodium

fluoride to preserve the samples.  The OSBI provides grey top tubes and/or blood vials containing these

preservatives to customers (OSBI Blood Specimen Collection Kit or Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Kits).

Hospital or clinical specimens containing serum or plasma collected pursuant to medical treatment may also be

submitted.  NOTE:  Serum/plasma ethanol concentrations are higher than corresponding whole blood

concentrations.

The Toxicology Lab will also analyze urine (drug facilitated sexual assaults) and unknown liquids believed to contain

alcohol (alcoholic beverage content).

Q: What types of cases does the Toxicology Lab work?

A:  See Toxicology home page for a description of case types worked by the Toxicology Lab. 

Q: How can I get a practicum at OSBI?

A:  For more information on the program, please go to the main laboratory FAQ's.

Q: I have a question about my blood test results. Who do I contact?

A:  Contact the Criminalist who issued the report.

Q: How do I submit toxicology evidence to the OSBI?

A:  Toxicology evidence is typically submitted by mail through a carrier service (United States Postal Service, UPS, or

Federal Express).  Evidence may also be received in person from submitting officers.

Q:  How should samples be stored until they are ready to be submitted to the OSBI?

A:  The storage and dispatch or forwarding of the State's blood specimen shall be accomplished in such manner and by 

such means as to maintain the identity and integrity of specimens, maintain the chain of custody, to exclude 

tampering with and unauthorized access to or exchange or loss of specimens, and to provide the requisite 

security for evidentiary purposes.