In the case of a person dying for whatever reason, why does it take so long for toxicology analysis to be conducted and reports delivered?
February 13, 2012 6:30 AM Subscribe
Post mortem toxicology tests - why does it take so long for results to be delivered?
posted by lampshade to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Barring the issues with notification of family and other things like that, in a strict medical sense, it always seems that in the case of a person who passed unexpectedly and via an unconfirmed means, it is always reported that toxicology results will take 6 weeks or so to be available. Why is the process so long? There are a number of answers out there on web already, but could someone distill it down a bit? Or is this one of those things that has so many variable there is not simple answer?
Of course this was prompted by the recent Whitney Houston passing, but it is a situation that seems to be with just about any person who has died unexpectedly.