Tox Tuesday: Opioid abuse in the United Kingdom

U.S. President Donald Trump declared the ongoing opioid crisis a national emergency last week, following the urging of his Commission on Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which stated that about 142 Americans die daily of a drug overdose.

But while the U.S. might be dealing with the most severe opioid crisis in the world […]

Tox Tuesday: Codeine

Once thought of as a safe and effective cough suppressant and pain reliever for children, codeine is widely known and prescribed around the world. In fact, as many as 880,000 prescriptions for codeine were written by emergency room doctors over the past decade. However, during this same time various warnings concerning the drug have also […]

The role of histamine in the human body

Many are familiar with the word histamine, in the sense of antihistamine drugs that are taken by millions of allergy suffers around the world. In a very general sense these drugs work by blocking the compound known as histamine that our bodies produce during an allergic reaction. This in turn controls common symptoms such as […]

Tox Tuesday: Propranolol

Commonly used to treat high blood pressure and chest pains causing heart attack, propranolol was discovered in 1962 and was the first successful type of drug developed known as a beta blocker. Beta blockers work by relaxing blood vessels and slowing the heart rate to improve blood flow in a person’s body.

Due to these […]

Tox Tuesday: Zolpidem

Get a good night sleep, finally. In an age of technology where you may stare at a computer/smartphone screen for hours on end during the day, it can be hard to shut down at the end of the day and get the sleep you need and deserve. That’s where short-acting non-benzodiazepines come into play, an […]

Tox Tuesday: Salicylates

[ SPANISH ] When taking aspirin for pain or fever, the most active component of the drug is acetylsalicylic acid. Aspirin is a member of the salicylates family and will eventually be metabolized to salicylic acid when taken. Salicylic acid’s anti-inflammatory properties are not just for aches and pains, the anti-inflammatory acid is also used […]

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[ SPANISH ] Having a busy morning? It can be hard to keep up with everything that is going on in the food and animal science industries, and that’s why we present the Monday links. It’s your fast run-down of all the need-to-know news stories in the world right now. Still want more info? Stay […]