Tox Tuesday: The evolution of Spice

Since their first documented appearance in the United States in 2008, synthetic drugs have created a trend that both authorities and health care officials alike are struggling to contain. As a recent article explains, this is due to the ever-changing formulas and chemical structures used in their creation. Because of this, these drugs are difficult […]

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Pet food trends reflect a growing market – Veterinary News Researchers expect industry to hit $33 billion by 2018 thanks in part to treat and ‘premium’ pet food sales.

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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 Thursday: Spice-related illnesses, deaths continue to rise

Emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and calls to poison control centers have all drastically spiked this year as a more dangerous variation of the popular drug known as Spice, has found its way into several countries and even claimed the lives of some naive users. In fact, cases which involve Spice alone or in combination with […]

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 […]

Cannabis allergies a growing condition, new study finds

Scientists involved in a new medical study have concluded that cannabis, much like pollen or ragweed, is an allergen, and people can have mild to extreme reactions to it, ranging from itchy, watery eyes to deadly anaphylactic shock.

The study, conducted by Dr. Thad Ocampo and Dr. Tonya Rans at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical […]

Tox Tuesday: China’s war on drugs

In an increasingly borderless world, technology and international travel have globalized the marketplace for new products and services including the illegal drug trade. In China for example, their geographical location makes them an ideal transit country for drug traffickers. This coupled with its large population, creates a massive market for drug consumption and has led […]

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FDA Urged to Require Allergen Labeling for Sesame Seeds – Food Safety News As many as 500,000 Americans are estimated to be allergic to sesame seeds, but current rules on allergen labeling […]

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Studies Find Reusable Produce Containers Often Contaminated – Food Safety News Reusable plastic containers used by farmers to ship fresh produce from farms to grocery stores have gained wide usage in the last […]

Tox Tuesday: Oral fluid testing

Today there are several types of sample matrices used with forensic drug detection tests that are used around the world to identify the use and abuse of both prescription and illegal drugs.

Urine testing, for example, is one of the most commonly used and referred to methods, along with blood and hair testing. While […]