Tox Tuesday: Psychoactive substances, other drugs on the rise in Wales

A rising concern in many countries is the increased potency of opioids, as powerful drugs like fentanyl and its analog carfentanil kill unsuspecting drug users in ever-increasing numbers.

Now, reports show that in Wales, especially potent varieties of illegal psychoactive drugs are seeing an increased presence as well, while weaker drugs are disappearing from the […]

Tox Tuesday: Acetaminophen and other non-opioid painkillers may be as effective as opioids

With more and more people becoming addicted to opioids each year — there are an estimated 91 opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. every day — researching non-addictive painkillers has become a top priority for scientists. If existing drugs, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, could be used to treat pain, fewer addictive opioid prescriptions may be […]

Tox Tuesday: The latest in the fight against opioids

An increase in the abuse of opioids — which includes prescription painkillers as well as illegal drugs like heroin — is an issue in many parts of the world. Although the problem is most pronounced in the U.S., the United Kingdom is also seeing increased opioid statistics. Here’s the latest news on the crisis.

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Tox Tuesday: Per se laws and roadside drug testing

An estimated more than 10 million U.S. drivers (around 5% of licensed drivers in the entire country) drove under the influence of an illegal drug within a year period, according to a 2007 study by the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Now, we all know what happens if a suspected drunk driver […]

Tox Tuesday: 2016 U.S. drug death statistics released

U.S. drug overdose statistics for 2016 are now available. Approximately 64,000 lives were lost to overdoses throughout the year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s an increase of 23% from 2015, when roughly 52,000 people died of overdoses.

The New York Times reports that this is the first […]

Tox Tuesday: Manufacturers struggle to find employees who pass drug tests

Since coming into common practice, drug tests have become essential for employers looking to keep their workplaces free of illegal substances. There’s just one problem. In some industries, companies are struggling to find applicants who can pass these tests, leading to serious manpower shortages.

The New York Times reported on the economic effects of the […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science:

Pig-to-person spread of flu a concern — Ohio State University The spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings, and protective measures including cutting the length of […]

Tox Tuesday: Opioid abuse in the United Kingdom

U.S. President Donald Trump declared the ongoing opioid crisis a national emergency last week, following the urging of his Commission on Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which stated that about 142 Americans die daily of a drug overdose.

But while the U.S. might be dealing with the most severe opioid crisis in the world […]

The truth about copper poisoning from Moscow mules

Photo by Ted Eytan

Head out on the town this summer and you’ll probably see it at some outdoor patio: a beverage clutched in the hands of someone who looks quite trendy, lime slices floating among ice cubes, condensation glistening on a cool, copper mug. The Moscow mule.

Moscow mules — not from Russia […]

Tox Tuesday: As 142 Americans die daily of overdoses, White House commission outlines solutions

The White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recently published its interim report, in which the commission outlined its recommendations to U.S. President Donald Trump regarding actions to halt the country’s ongoing opioid crisis.

“Our nation is in a crisis,” said the open letter to the president. It cites the Centers […]