What is K2, the drug involved in a mass overdose in one city park?

Authorities are reporting that in one day, at least 76 people have overdosed in New Haven, Connecticut. Over 50 of the overdoses happened in one city park near the famous Yale University.

Emergency services have reported that more calls are coming in, and that although none of the victims have died, some are in critical […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

2013 wrap up: The biggest stories of the year

‘Twas the year of acronyms on Neogen blog, from FSMA to COOL to PEDV. This year also saw new technological advances, big shakeups in the regulatory scene and fresh discoveries. Here’s a look at the most popular news items of 2013.

Food safety

The horse meat scandal

Early in 2013, routine testing found horse and […]

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 […]

Get caught up with the Monday links

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

Food safety

Year end sees sea of regulatory flux – The Acheson Group

From leafy greens to a plan to reduce Salmonella, there’s a lot going on at the […]

Toxicology news roundup

U.K. reviews ketamine classification

Officials in the United Kingdom (U.K.) are reviewing whether ketamine should be upgraded from a class C drug to a class B drug, a move that would increase penalties for illegal possession.

Ketamine is an anesthetic used in veterinary and human medicine that often is used as a club drug. It […]

Here are your Thanksgiving week Monday links

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

Food safety

To wash or not to wash…your turkey? – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Washing turkeys can spread bacteria throughout the kitchen, and may cause more harm than good.

FDA […]