Polk County Medical Examiner

  • Are tests for drugs and alcohol performed?

    In all cases investigated by the Medical Examiner, including those where autopsies are not conducted, fluids may be taken for toxicological tests. The results of the tests are often important factors in being able to determine a cause and manner of the death, and in providing motives and explanation far behaviors. Not all cases will receive toxicological testing, especially if such testing will not influence the cause or manner of death.

  • Contact Us

    To report a death call (515) 286-3333
    1801 Hickman Rd
    Des Moines, Iowa 50314
    (515) 286-2102 (Days)
    (515) 286-3333 (Other times)
    Fax: (515) 286-2208