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: 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: Nalbuphine

Prescribed by doctors for pain relief, usually after surgery or childbirth, nalbuphine, which is sold under trade names that include Nubain, is a semi-synthetic opioid drug that is often used in place of other powerful pain medication, such as morphine. While available by prescription only, reports of this drug being abused date back several decades […]

Tox Tuesday: Dermorphin

It’s no secret that issues of illegal drug use have been a continuing problem in the horse racing industry. Dating back centuries, a number of different performance-enhancing drugs have been discovered, and eventually banned, that have allowed horses to run faster, heal quicker and ease the pain of injuries along the way. However, these drugs […]

Neogen launches ELISA test for dermorphin

Neogen has introduced an ELISA screening test that offers ultra-sensitive detection of dermorphin, which has been shown to produce both analgesic effects and hyperactivity in horses.

Dermorphin is an opioid peptide that is isolated from skin secretions of South American tree frogs in the Phyllomedusa genus, and has been shown to have 30 to 40 […]

The Monday links you have been waiting for

Complied together for your reading pleasure is the latest news and information in the food and animal safety segments in this edition of Monday links!

Genomics

Sequencing Tsetse Fly Genome Reveals Surprises That May Save Lives – National Geographic The genome of the tsetse fly—a disease-ridden insect with surprisingly mammalian biology that stalks the […]

Get in the know with the Monday Links

Can you believe it, we’re already at our last Monday Links for July! This year is going by quickly—and lots of news, too. Read below for your latest in food safety, toxicology and agricultural news.

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