Tox Tuesday: How drugs accumulate and are detected in reservoir matrices

Today, drug testing is a common occurrence in schools, hospitals, and various places of employment. Oftentimes these tests are conducted to make sure an individual is not using illegal drugs or alcohol or to prove there are no drugs in their system after an instance of previous drug or alcohol abuse.

There are various ways […]

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 Tuesday: designer benzodiazepines

Commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal and seizure-prevention, benzodiazepines have assisted millions for more than 60 years. Marketed under well-known names including Xanax, Ativan and Valium, benzodiazepines or “benzos,” are referred to as “downers” as they work by depressing the central nervous system leading to feelings of relaxation, calmness, or sedation.

Because […]

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 […]