Hair Toxicology

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Hair analysis is well-established in forensic toxicology and offers many advantages that complement the analysis of traditional specimens. This article provides an overview of the various factors that impact drug uptake in hair, and the pre-analytical and analytical aspects of hair analysis. It will also discuss the applications of hair analysis in post-mortem toxicology, drug-facilitated crime, at-risk children, doping control, and assessment of the degree of chronic alcohol consumption, as well as limitations in hair analysis for a valid and defensible interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
EditorsMax M. Houck
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128236789
ISBN (Print)9780128236772
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Alcohol markers
  • Children at risk
  • Contamination
  • Doping control
  • Drug-facilitate crime
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Hair
  • Hair analysis
  • New psychoactive substances
  • Postmortem toxicology

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