Tox Tuesday: Nerve pain and gabapentinoids

Due to the ongoing opioid crisis, some health care providers are being advised to exercise caution when prescribing opioid painkillers to patients, because of the risk of dependency or abuse. Now, some say this situation could end up reflected with another medication: gabapentinoids, a category of drugs that includes gabapentin and pregabalin.

Gabapentinoids are analgesics […]

Tox Tuesday: MDPV, or ‘Monkey Dust’

Police in parts of the United Kingdom are reporting an increase of drug users taking “Monkey Dust,” a substance associated with episodes of paranoia, resistance to pain and violent assaults.

Monkey Dust, scientifically known as methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV, is a form of bath salts, or a synthetic cathinone. Cathinone is a central nervous system stimulant […]

Tox Tuesday: Fingernail drug testing

If you pick a few strangers out of a crowd, most of them will have probably heard of drug tests using urine, blood or hair samples. Thanks to ongoing discussions about new forms of roadside testing, more people have heard of oral fluid testing as well. But as far as fingernail testing goes, it’s likely […]

Tox Tuesday: How drug-contaminated breast milk can harm infants

Infant health experts are increasingly extolling the benefits of breast milk for newborns and older babies alike, with many medical studies showing benefits that last long after infancy. Mothers are advised to breastfeed if possible, and human milk banks have sprung up to help deliver breast milk where enough isn’t naturally available.

Sadly, unhealthy substances […]

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 […]