Tox Tuesday: Drug news roundup

As the global fight against drug abuse continues, we hear a lot about the ongoing opioid epidemic, and how drug purity levels seem to be rising around the world. Here’s some of the latest news in the drug sphere.

Prescription drug abuse increasing in the United Kingdom

Legal prescription drugs are increasingly abused in the […]

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 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 […]

Tox Tuesday: The rise in Ohio’s heroin related issues

Over the course of the past 15 years, the state of Ohio has seen fatal heroin overdoses rise approximately 366%, according to a 2014 report published by the Ohio Department of Health. While this number may seem shocking, other states are recording similar, although not as drastic statistics.

Based on this extreme increase, some researchers […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Study: Feed Young Horses According to Birth Date – The Horse Tradition in many breeds holds that all horses have the same birthday: January 1. But when it comes to feeding […]

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 […]

Monday links

Have no fear, Monday links is here! Take a moment and catch up with the latest news in the food safety, animal science, agriculture and toxicology sectors.

Food Safety

10 food allergy safety tips for Halloween – Examiner Halloween may be particularly frightening for kids, teens, and adults with food allergies and sensitivities but here […]