Tox Thursday: High school drug testing

Drug testing high school students before they are allowed to participate in school-sponsored athletics or other extracurricular activities has been a hot issue dating back to 1995 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against student privacy and upheld the constitutionality of drug testing student athletes. The court upheld the ruling again in 2002, and by […]

Tox Wednesday: Barbiturates

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One of the oldest sedatives in use, barbiturates are depressant drugs that cause relaxation and sleepiness. They are often prescribed to patients with sleep disorders and mental illnesses to calm them and induce sleep by depressing the central nervous system.

The history of the drug goes back to 1864 when barbituric […]

Tox Tuesday: Benzodiazepines

[ SPANISH ] The long explanation involves the enhancement of the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at the GABAA receptor, which results in sedative, sleep-inducing properties.

The short explanation?

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