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: Bath salts

Not to be confused with products such as Epsom salts—which are sold to help relieve stress, pain and constipation, among other bodily ailments and have no drug-like properties—“bath salts” are a synthetic cathinone product taken for the user to feel good, and to increase sociability and sex drive.

Synthetic cathinones first appeared in markets in […]

“Bath salts” compounds restricted

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Citing an “imminent hazard to the public safety”, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) filed notice last week to temporarily schedule 10 synthetic cathinones.

The substances are similar to some already listed as Schedule I or II drugs in the U.S., and are components of synthetic […]

The Monday links are here!

E. coli

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Corporate

Keeper of the brick forest – City Pulse

Neogen CEO James Herbert is to be honored for his work preserving Lansing’s history.

 

Food safety

FSA publishes […]

Kick start your week with the Monday links

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Food safety

Russia-U.S. in talks over trade resumption – The Pig Site

The two nations are slated to participate in a conference call today in an effort to resolve the […]

Study: “Bath salts” may be more addictive than meth

Image courtesy of the U.S. DEA.

A synthetic drug commonly known as bath salts may be more addictive than methamphetamine, which is widely regarded as being one of the world’s most addictive substances.

The study showed rats who could get doses of bath salts (technically 3,4-methylenedioypyrovalerone, or MDPV) by pressing a lever would press […]

The first official Monday links of summer

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Food safety

FDA enlists NC State to chart transmission routes for Salmonella – Food Safety News

The team will look at routes of transmission for Salmonella, in particular Salmonella Enteritidis, in […]

New Zealand may allow some designer drugs

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Producers of designer drugs in New Zealand may soon be able to legally sell their wares – if they can prove they have a “low risk of harm”.

The law, which was recommended for passage last week, would affect drugs often referred to as “legal highs”, because […]

A very dairy Monday links

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National Dairy Month

Moo-ve along May – June is National Dairy Month – Neogen Blog

Check out some cool dairy facts and our infographic.

Cheese may prevent cavities – Science Daily

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DEA bans components of spice, bath salts

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

The U.S. moved to ban key chemicals used in synthetic, or designer, drugs last week.

On Friday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) published a final rule to permanently categorize 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylcathinone, or methylone, as a Schedule I substance, meaning it is highly dangerous and has no approved […]