Tox Tuesday: 2016 U.S. drug death statistics released

U.S. drug overdose statistics for 2016 are now available. Approximately 64,000 lives were lost to overdoses throughout the year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s an increase of 23% from 2015, when roughly 52,000 people died of overdoses.

The New York Times reports that this is the first […]

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 […]

Monday links

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Animal Science:

High quality water vital for livestock — Morning Ag Clips As parts of the U.S. suffer through high temperatures and drought, experts remind producers of water requirements for livestock. “A 10% […]

Tox Tuesday: Gray death

As if heroin and other opioids weren’t dangerous enough, a new drug known as “gray death” has appeared on the scene in several parts of the United States.

The drug — which gets its name from its cement powder-like appearance — is a cocktail of deadly opioids mixed with heroin or fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. […]

Tox Tuesday: Carfentanil blacklisted in China

The United States is facing an increasingly tragic opioid epidemic. In December 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) released a report stating that over 33,000 people had died in 2015 due to opioid overdoses, an increase from the previous year. Of those deaths, 9,580 were because of synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl […]

Tox Tuesday: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

In an effort to take genuinely effective steps to prevent and treat substance-related issues, the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health has been released. In all, the report details what we know about substance misuse, how the neurobiological processes can turn casual substance use into a compulsive disorder, like addiction, and how […]

Tox Tuesday: U-47700

Part of the deadly chemical cocktail that killed Prince last summer included a chemical known as U-47700, a relatively new synthetic opioid, eight times stronger than morphine. Also known as “pink” or “pinky,” the designer drug is part of a family of powerful painkillers including carfentanil, furanyl and fentanyl and according to reports, has been […]

Monday links

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Food Safety

Hurricane Matthew re-entry food safety tips – Savannah Morning News Residents facing the daunting task of cleaning up flooded homes and wondering whether high water or power outages have ruined their […]

Tox Tuesday: Carfentanil

Typically used to sedate elephants and other extremely large animals, carfentanil is one of the latest and most deadly opioids suspected in a new rash of overdoses around the country. Recent reports have also found the drug mixed with or disguised as heroin, and seized in several states including Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Formerly […]

Neogen launches rapid test for 6-acetylmorphine (6-AM)

Neogen has introduced a screening test that offers ultra-sensitive detection of 6-AM (a.k.a., 6-MAM and 6-monoacetylmorphine). 6-AM is a unique metabolite of heroin.

Neogen’s new, simple 6-AM test kit has been validated for use with whole blood, serum, urine and oral fluid samples, and is compatible with automated and semi-automated instruments. The new kit has […]