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Indiana State Department of Toxicology

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Using a traceable mail service, agencies may mail evidence kits to the Indiana State Department of Toxicology, Suite A, 550 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Alternatively, agencies may hand deliver blood/urine evidence kits to the Indiana State Department of Toxicology (ISDT) drop box. The drop box is located in the receiving area of the loading dock at the Forensic and Health Sciences building at 550 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Drop off hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, except state holidays. ISDT staff will remove toxicology kits deposited in the drop box daily. A date/time stamp is available at the drop box site if you wish to record the delivery of the evidence kit to the drop box on your copy of your chain of custody. This drop box is for ISDT evidence ONLY.

ISDT will begin a chain of custody indicating the kits were received either from the mail service or from the drop box and will continue the chain of custody while the evidence remains in the custody of ISDT.

EVERY submission of evidence to ISDT for testing must include a completed Toxicology Analysis Request Form (Instructions). By submitting evidence to the ISDT, the customer agrees to allow ISDT to select the test methods to be used to analyze the evidence. In the event an ISDT kit is not available for use, blood can be collected using gray top tubes. The gray top tubes contain sodium fluoride (preservative) and potassium oxalate (anticoagulant). As noted in the instructions in the link above, the sample needs to be labeled with the subject’s name, the initials of the collector, the officer’s initials as witness, and the date and time of collection.

Once labeled, the evidence should be placed in the kit or if a kit is not available in protective packaging. If a kit is not used protective packaging should include placing the collected sample in a zip lock bag and the use of packaging materials to prevent breakage. The chain of custody needs to be documented and the evidence appropriately sealed.

Please note: Urine containers are supplied in our toxicology kits for your convenience.  ISDT is not performing testing on urine specimens at this time, but will outsource testing of urine for standard drug analysis at no charge to the agency under the following circumstances:  (1) the prosecuting attorney requests urine drug analysis in a non-impairment case, or (2) only a urine specimen is submitted.  In impairment cases where blood has been submitted, urine specimens will only be sent out for testing at the direction of the prosecuting attorney and at the expense of the requesting agency.  If your agency would like drug analysis on a urine specimen in an impairment case that has not been requested by a prosecutor, or analysis of urine for any drug that is not part of ISDT’s standard drug analysis, upon request we will return the urine specimen to the submitting agency for testing elsewhere, or ISDT, under certain circumstances, can forward the urine specimen to another laboratory for your agency. Please contact ISDT with any questions. 

Agencies may order new blood/urine evidence kits via email by going to ISDT will ship kits to the requesting agency or you may arrange to pick them up at our loading dock. A request for kits must include the following information:

Name and address of requesting agency

Name, email address, and telephone number of a contact person

Number of kits requested

Whether kits should be shipped or prepared for pick-up

To facilitate use and ensure availability of the evidence collection kits, ISDT suggests kits be stored at facilities where the blood is drawn – for example hospitals and jails.

In an effort to control costs, we request that unused sealed expired kits be returned to ISDT. Returning the unused kit to ISDT allows for refurbishing of the kits at a fraction of the cost of a new kit.