Tox Tuesday: Psychoactive substances, other drugs on the rise in Wales

A rising concern in many countries is the increased potency of opioids, as powerful drugs like fentanyl and its analog carfentanil kill unsuspecting drug users in ever-increasing numbers.

Now, reports show that in Wales, especially potent varieties of illegal psychoactive drugs are seeing an increased presence as well, while weaker drugs are disappearing from the […]

Tox Tuesday: NPS in prisons reach epidemic proportions

Referred to as a “game-changer” inside jails and prison systems today, designer drugs, including various types of synthetic marijuana, such as spice and K2, are now showing up at alarming rates inside jails and prisons both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Also known as new psychoactive substances, or NPS, these drugs are leading to […]

Tox Tuesday: Bath salts

Not to be confused with products such as Epsom salts—which are sold to help relieve stress, pain and constipation, among other bodily ailments and have no drug-like properties—“bath salts” are a synthetic cathinone product taken for the user to feel good, and to increase sociability and sex drive.

Synthetic cathinones first appeared in markets in […]

DEA targets four more “spice” ingredients

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Four more compounds used in synthetic marijuana could soon be listed as Schedule I substances.

In a Federal Register notice published last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it is seeking temporary Schedule I status for the substances – quinolin-8-yl 1-pentyl-1 H-indole-3-carboxylate (PB-22; QUPIC), quinolin-8-yl […]