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 […]

Tox Tuesday: Anti-doping agency proposed for horse racing

Just as American Pharoah’s conquest of the Triple Crown ended 37 years of drama in the horse racing industry, a bill recently introduced into Congress aims to eliminate another type of drama that has surrounded the industry for decades: drug abuse.

As stated in a recent article, representatives Andy Barr, R–Kentucky, and Paul Tonko, D–New […]

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 Tuesday: Drug abuse in Hawaii

In one word, “paradise” is often the perception that comes from the island nation of Hawaii. Along with beautiful white sandy beaches, tropical flowers, and day after day of perfect surfing conditions, however, Hawaii and its residents have similar concerns regarding the rise in drug abuse their state faces just like others area of the […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

FDA Says BPA-Lined Containers Are Safe, But New Study Raises Concerns – Food Safety News A new Korean soy milk study, involving taking the blood pressure of a relatively […]

Tox Tuesday: Gabapentin/Pregabalin

For this special edition of Tox Tuesday, we’re looking at two drugs: their similarities, differences, abuse and more. We’re going to go in depth with gabapentin and pregabalin, both of which are anticonvulsant drugs.

First up, gabapentin: originally developed to treat epilepsy, but is now also being used to relieve neuropathic pain. In […]