What is fTox?
An Independent Consulting Company run by Sabra R. Botch-Jones MS, MA, ABFT-FTS
Sabra Botch-Jones is a Forensic Toxicologist and a full-time faculty member of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program at Boston University. She earned her Master of Science degrees in Drug Chemistry (2007) and Forensic Toxicology (2009) from the University of Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (2002) and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Management and Administration (2004) from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Sabra has toxicology research experience from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City, and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner Office in Fort Worth, Texas.
She has conducted analysis on over 3,000 cases using a number of instrumentation techniques including LC-MS/MS, HPLC-UV/VIS, GC-MS, GC-NPD, HS-GC-FID, AxSYM, and ELISA. Additionally, she has consulted on legal cases and assisted laboratories in the development of quality systems for laboratory accreditation.
Sabra is certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. She sits on the Executive Board for the National Safety Council Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division, and the Accreditation Council for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
Sabra joined the Biomedical Forensic Sciences faculty at Boston University in 2014 and teaches courses in Drug Chemistry, Forensic Toxicology, and Instrumental Analysis in Forensic Laboratories. She also advises graduate students on their research projects.
What We do
Fact-Based, Science-Driven Serivces
Specializing in post-mortem toxicological analysis, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID), and Driving While Impaired (DWI).
Service as a forensic toxicology expert witness in depositions and at trial. Assistance in trial preparation and identifying discovery issues.
Laboratory Test Review
Specializing in liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-mass spectrometry, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, head space-gas chromatography, laboratory operations including quality control/quality assurance issues, accreditation, audit findings, and chain of custody.
General development of scientific materials, technical writing, and data verification.
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The “Sly” Foxy Methoxy (5-MeO-DIPT) 5-MeO-DIPT (5-methoxy-N, N-diisopropyltryptamine) is not a new drug, with its introduction to the forensic toxicology community in the late 1990’s, but it has regained popularity as one of the many synthetic compounds available to drug users. 5-MeO-DIPT goes by the street names of “Foxy” or “Foxy Methoxy”, is similar to[…]