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Indiana State Department of Toxicology

Indiana State Department of Toxicology

ISDT > Sample Submission Sample Submission

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 toxicology 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 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 vacuum 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. If your agency would like drug analysis on a urine specimen we can return the urine specimen to the submitting agency for testing elsewhere, or ISDT, under certain circumstances, will forward the urine specimen to another laboratory for your agency. Urine specimens will only be sent out by ISDT for testing at the direction and expense of the prosecuting attorney or requesting agency. Please contact ISDT with any questions.