Tox Tuesday: Scotland records highest-ever number of annual drug deaths

Sadly, a record has been broken again in Scotland: the country has yet again recorded a new high for yearly drug deaths, at 934 in 2017. This is an 8% increase from the previous year, and more than double the figure from 2007.

Roughly 40% of the figure involves people aged 35–44, and just under […]

Tox Tuesday: Oral fluid drug testing as a roadside method

Earlier this year, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report showing that in 2016, 44% of U.S. drivers who were killed in car crashes (with known drug tests results) had tested positive for drugs. More than half of that 44% had ingested marijuana, opioids or a combination of both. Meanwhile, crashes involving alcohol […]

Tox Tuesday: A third of cocaine users say they can get drugs faster than a pizza delivery

As illegal drug usage goes up in many parts of the world, concerns like reliability, discretion and customer service are increasingly important to those who buy and sell these drugs.

In fact, nearly a third of cocaine users surveyed across the world indicated that they could get the drug delivered to them in less than […]

Tox Tuesday: As synthetic urine demand increases, lawmakers begin to tackle issue

With drug abuse rates rising in many parts of the world — and opioid usage rates well past crisis levels — the need for reliable drug testing is as potent as ever. Now, governments are responding to one challenge that has been rising in popularity lately: synthetic urine.

Urine testing is one of the most […]

Tox Tuesday: Report shows drug hospitalizations, deaths up in England and Wales

A new survey published by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) shows that more people are being hospitalized for drug-related reasons, including for mental health treatment and for overdoses.

According to the survey, which was conducted over 12 months between 2016 and 2017, there’s been a 40% increase in hospital admissions with a “primary […]

Tox Tuesday: New, less addictive cigarettes?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is enacting a plan that may drive down cigarette smoking rates within the country.

The plan would reduce the level of nicotine allowed in cigarettes, making them less addictive. The addictive nature of cigarettes is a major factor in their prevalence; a recent survey shows that three out […]

Tox Tuesday: a history of Olympic doping

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Tetrahydrogestrinone. Androstenedione. Methylhexanamine. Erythropoietin. Hydrochlorothiazide. These are just some of the performance-enhancing substances athletes use here in the 21st century, and just some of what officials will test for during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. However, just because these drugs are modern inventions doesn’t mean that doping […]

Tox Tuesday: Doping and the 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be underway next month, beginning February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. And as with every set of Olympic Games, curbing illegal doping is a top concern for organizers.

Already, Russia has been banned from participating in the games after an International Olympic Committee investigation into prolonged doping over the years. […]

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: Acetaminophen and other non-opioid painkillers may be as effective as opioids

With more and more people becoming addicted to opioids each year — there are an estimated 91 opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. every day — researching non-addictive painkillers has become a top priority for scientists. If existing drugs, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, could be used to treat pain, fewer addictive opioid prescriptions may be […]