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 […]

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.

Agriculture

Sky-high farms: Rooftop agriculture growing in popularity – CCTV America Building farms on rooftops is now gaining momentum across China. It provides an alternative lifestyle for city dwellers, helping people unwind after […]

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 […]

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: European prisons crack down on ‘legal highs’

Recent reports from multiple European prisons are showing that while the use of illegal drugs continues to decrease inside prison walls, “legal highs” and the violence associated with them, remains on the rise.

Referred to as “legal highs” due to their synthetic make-up, these drugs are chemically engineered to generate similar effects that illegal substances […]

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.

[…]

Keep up to date with the Monday Links

[ SPANISH ] Having a busy morning? It can be hard to keep up with everything that is going on in the food and animal science industries, and that’s why we present the Monday links. It’s your fast run-down of all the need-to-know news stories in the world right now. Still want more info? Stay […]

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 […]

Belated Tox Tuesday: Synthetic marijuana update

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Moderator’s note: Tox Tuesday will be back to its regularly-scheduled day for the next edition, Tuesday, Jan. 7.

As governments around the world wrangle with how to deal with so-called “legal highs”, new findings suggest that the drugs’ popularity may be waning.

Synthetic marijuana, or spice, is […]