What is K2, the drug involved in a mass overdose in one city park?

Authorities are reporting that in one day, at least 76 people have overdosed in New Haven, Connecticut. Over 50 of the overdoses happened in one city park near the famous Yale University.

Emergency services have reported that more calls are coming in, and that although none of the victims have died, some are in critical […]

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Agriculture

Genomic analysis highlights history of domesticated corn – UPI Scientists recently sequenced the genome of one of the oldest corn cobs in the world. Analysis of the newly sequenced 5,310-year-old corn […]

Tox Tuesday: NPS in prisons reach epidemic proportions

Referred to as a “game-changer” inside jails and prison systems today, designer drugs, including various types of synthetic marijuana, such as spice and K2, are now showing up at alarming rates inside jails and prisons both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Also known as new psychoactive substances, or NPS, these drugs are leading to […]

Tox Tuesday: W-18 and the war on opiates

Alarmed by the rising death toll from prescription painkillers and frustrated by a lack of federal action, some state lawmakers are beginning to take matters into their own hands by forming legislation that could change how prescription painkillers are prescribed in their states.

At the same time, however, a new opioid designer drug, known as […]

“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 […]

World watches after New Zealand passes landmark drug bill

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

New Zealand officials hope a new law will help better regulate designer drugs.

The Psychoactive Substances Bill, which was passed last month, restricts the sale of drugs that don’t meet safety requirements while also prohibiting the sale of unregulated psychoactive substances until they’ve been approved. The bill […]