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Weighing Policy for Non-Weight Bearing Charges--Effective March 1, 2018


In our continuing effort to reduce the turnaround time for Drug Chemistry based service requests, effective March 1, 2018, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (ADFS) intends to discontinue weighing the interior contents of submitted Drug Chemistry evidence in cases that are non-weight bearing in nature. In a time where the demand for our services is at an all time high, we believe this policy change will improve our efficiency, reduce turnaround time on Drug Chemistry cases, and improve the quality of testing provided to you, our customers. Furthermore, our research on this matter has confirmed that other States have already adopted similar policies in their effort to improve efficiency and reduce turnaround times.

Additionally, this policy change will improve the safety of our laboratory environment by minimizing our staff’s exposure to synthetic fentanyl analogues as well as other emerging hazardous chemicals.

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