Tox Thursday: High school drug testing

Drug testing high school students before they are allowed to participate in school-sponsored athletics or other extracurricular activities has been a hot issue dating back to 1995 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against student privacy and upheld the constitutionality of drug testing student athletes. The court upheld the ruling again in 2002, and by […]

Tox Tuesday: Synthetic Opiates

Known for their natural pain relieving elements, opiates are a well-known class of drugs that work by directly depressing the central nervous system and changing the way the brain perceives pain. Natural opium is derived from the opium poppy, and then used to make substances such as morphine, codeine, and thebaine. Synthetic and semi-synthetic opiates […]

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 […]

Increased drug testing in UK includes ‘legal highs’

Europe’s working class may need to start being on their best behavior as workplace drug testing is on the rise in the United Kingdom (UK), according to a recently published article in BBC News. Not only are the number and frequency of tests rising, but employers are also starting to test for more “legal highs” […]