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 […]

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Food Safety

Enhancing safety of dairy foods — Morning AgClips The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) helped secure several positive developments for dairy farmers and their cooperatives at the National Conference on Interstate […]

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: Neogen’s exclusive 6-AM ELISA test

As the forensic industry responds to the increased abuse of heroin, Neogen’s toxicology division has developed an ELISA kit for the specific detection of 6-Acetylmorphine (6-AM), a unique metabolite and definitive biomarker for heroin abuse. The below infographic provides more information about heroin abuse across Europe. For more information on the kit and Neogen’s European […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tox Tuesday: Heroin use and abuse infographic

Over the past decade, heroin use and abuse has continued to skyrocket everywhere. The below infographic provides more knowledge on the epidemic and Neogen’s new forensic toxicology test kit that can detect a metabolite of heroin known as 6-acetylmorphine (or 6-AM).

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 […]

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 […]