Tox Tuesday: Drug news roundup

As the global fight against drug abuse continues, we hear a lot about the ongoing opioid epidemic, and how drug purity levels seem to be rising around the world. Here’s some of the latest news in the drug sphere.

Prescription drug abuse increasing in the United Kingdom

Legal prescription drugs are increasingly abused in the […]

Toxicology news roundup

U.K. reviews ketamine classification

Officials in the United Kingdom (U.K.) are reviewing whether ketamine should be upgraded from a class C drug to a class B drug, a move that would increase penalties for illegal possession.

Ketamine is an anesthetic used in veterinary and human medicine that often is used as a club drug. It […]

Tox Tuesday: Molly

Ecstasy pills, like the ones shown above, also contain MDMA.Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Despite its innocent sounding name, the party drug molly has gained notoriety in recent weeks in connection with several deaths.

Molly, the powder or crystal form of MDMA (the chemical in ecstasy), often is used at music festivals, […]

Tox Tuesdays: PMA

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (via Wikimedia Commons)

Appearances can be deceiving when it comes to PMA.

Paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA) is a structural analog of ecstasy (MDMA) and often looks very similar to ecstasy. Unlike ecstasy, PMA isn’t necessarily sought out. Rather, some researchers believe many people who take PMA think it is […]

Tox Tuesday: Ketamine

Growing more popular among teens and young adults at dance clubs, ketamine usage has risen in recent years.

Ketamine is considered a club drug, and is a dissociative anesthetic, meaning it gives users the sensation of being detached from their surroundings and pain. Ketamine causes hallucinations or delirium (and sometimes, flashbacks many weeks after taking […]