Tox Tuesday: How were Seattle’s mussels contaminated with opioids?

Earlier this year, mussels fished from Puget Sound — the beautiful ocean inlet in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Washington — tested positive for opioids.

No, the shellfish weren’t doing drugs. Rather, unprecedented levels of opioid prescriptions and opioid abuse have caused even the environment to be affected.

Opioid usage, both legitimate […]

Tox Tuesday: MDPV, or ‘Monkey Dust’

Police in parts of the United Kingdom are reporting an increase of drug users taking “Monkey Dust,” a substance associated with episodes of paranoia, resistance to pain and violent assaults.

Monkey Dust, scientifically known as methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV, is a form of bath salts, or a synthetic cathinone. Cathinone is a central nervous system stimulant […]

Tox Tuesday: Fingernail drug testing

If you pick a few strangers out of a crowd, most of them will have probably heard of drug tests using urine, blood or hair samples. Thanks to ongoing discussions about new forms of roadside testing, more people have heard of oral fluid testing as well. But as far as fingernail testing goes, it’s likely […]

What is K2, the drug involved in a mass overdose in one city park?

Authorities are reporting that in one day, at least 76 people have overdosed in New Haven, Connecticut. Over 50 of the overdoses happened in one city park near the famous Yale University.

Emergency services have reported that more calls are coming in, and that although none of the victims have died, some are in critical […]

Tox Tuesday: How drug-contaminated breast milk can harm infants

Infant health experts are increasingly extolling the benefits of breast milk for newborns and older babies alike, with many medical studies showing benefits that last long after infancy. Mothers are advised to breastfeed if possible, and human milk banks have sprung up to help deliver breast milk where enough isn’t naturally available.

Sadly, unhealthy substances […]

Tox Tuesday: Scotland records highest-ever number of annual drug deaths

Sadly, a record has been broken again in Scotland: the country has yet again recorded a new high for yearly drug deaths, at 934 in 2017. This is an 8% increase from the previous year, and more than double the figure from 2007.

Roughly 40% of the figure involves people aged 35–44, and just under […]

Tox Tuesday: Oral fluid drug testing as a roadside method

Earlier this year, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report showing that in 2016, 44% of U.S. drivers who were killed in car crashes (with known drug tests results) had tested positive for drugs. More than half of that 44% had ingested marijuana, opioids or a combination of both. Meanwhile, crashes involving alcohol […]

Tox Tuesday: A third of cocaine users say they can get drugs faster than a pizza delivery

As illegal drug usage goes up in many parts of the world, concerns like reliability, discretion and customer service are increasingly important to those who buy and sell these drugs.

In fact, nearly a third of cocaine users surveyed across the world indicated that they could get the drug delivered to them in less than […]

Tox Tuesday: As synthetic urine demand increases, lawmakers begin to tackle issue

With drug abuse rates rising in many parts of the world — and opioid usage rates well past crisis levels — the need for reliable drug testing is as potent as ever. Now, governments are responding to one challenge that has been rising in popularity lately: synthetic urine.

Urine testing is one of the most […]

Tox Tuesday: FDA issues first-ever mandatory food recall amid kratom Salmonella outbreak

After repeated attempts to encourage a voluntary recall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has imposed a mandatory recall of all kratom-related goods produced by Triangle Pharmanaturals, LLC, after several of the company’s products tested positive for Salmonella.

The mandatory recall is a first for the agency since the Food Safety Modernization Act gave […]