Tox Tuesday: Pure cocaine on the rise in the United Kingdom

We’ve written previously about how drugs involved in the opioid epidemic, such as carfentanil and the deadly mixture known as “gray death,” are getting stronger. But opioids are not the only drugs on the street that are becoming more potent.

In the United Kingdom, authorities are warning that cocaine is being sold at increasingly high […]

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Food insecurity and its link to mycotoxins — All About Feed In his remarks at the World Nutrition Forum, Christopher Elliott of Queen’s University Belfast explained how mycotoxins are related to […]

Tox Tuesday: Tainted Halloween candy

Dating back for decades there have been several scary stories in the news regarding drug-tainted Halloween candy including everything from razor blades and needles stuck into apples, to marijuana infused candies and even homemade drug mixtures disguised as sweet treats. Striking fear in parents around the world, police departments and news outlets have continuously issued […]

Tox Tuesday: Workplace drug testing

For the second consecutive year, data is showing that the percentage of American workers testing positive for illicit drugs—including marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines—is on the rise and has increased from 4.3% in 2013 to 4.7% in 2014.

The data, complied by Quest Diagnostics, took into account 6.6 million urine drug tests and 1.1 million oral […]

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: Oral fluid testing

Today there are several types of sample matrices used with forensic drug detection tests that are used around the world to identify the use and abuse of both prescription and illegal drugs.

Urine testing, for example, is one of the most commonly used and referred to methods, along with blood and hair testing. While […]

Increased drug testing in UK includes ‘legal highs’

Europe’s working class may need to start being on their best behavior as workplace drug testing is on the rise in the United Kingdom (UK), according to a recently published article in BBC News. Not only are the number and frequency of tests rising, but employers are also starting to test for more “legal highs” […]

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Thousands of tons of fake food and drink seized in Interpol-Europol investigation – Europol

More than 1,200 tons of fake or subpar food, including cereals, spices and chocolate […]

Tox Tuesday: Cocaine

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Despite falling numbers in some areas of the world, cocaine seems to be gaining ground in others.

Cocaine is a stimulant made from the leaves of the coca plant, which is native to South America. It comes in two forms – powdered cocaine, which can be snorted […]

New approach may treat cocaine addiction

Image courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

A new therapy aimed at treating cocaine addiction has yielded promising results, according to a report in Biological Psychiatry.

Researchers from Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute have studied a method that combines two substances used in treating addiction – amphetamine and topiramate.

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