Tox Tuesday: The evolution of Spice

Since their first documented appearance in the United States in 2008, synthetic drugs have created a trend that both authorities and health care officials alike are struggling to contain. As a recent article explains, this is due to the ever-changing formulas and chemical structures used in their creation. Because of this, these drugs are difficult […]

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After food safety scares, China retailer offers baby milk insurance – Fox News

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths […]

“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 […]

DEA targets four more “spice” ingredients

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Four more compounds used in synthetic marijuana could soon be listed as Schedule I substances.

In a Federal Register notice published last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it is seeking temporary Schedule I status for the substances – quinolin-8-yl 1-pentyl-1 H-indole-3-carboxylate (PB-22; QUPIC), quinolin-8-yl […]

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

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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 […]

Tox Tuesdays: Spice

Welcome to the first edition of Tox Tuesdays, our new biweekly post that will highlight an ongoing issue related to toxicology, from drugs of concern to the latest discoveries. For more information on Neogen’s toxicology division, please click here.

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

In recent years, designer drugs such as synthetic […]

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 […]

Breaking down bath salts: Reports increasing in recent years

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Despite their retreat from the news recently, emerging designer drugs are a growing problem, according to recent reports.

The drugs, such as bath salts, K2 and spice, have received so much notice that at the end of June, the U.S. Congress classified 26 chemicals used to make […]