Tox Tuesday: FDA asks drug maker to pull powerful opioid painkiller

For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked a pharmaceutical company to take one of its products off the market.

Endo Pharmaceuticals produces Opana ER, a highly potent opioid painkiller intended for patients who require “daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment…for which alternative treatment options are inadequate.”

The drug, like […]

Tox Tuesday: Pure cocaine on the rise in the United Kingdom

We’ve written previously about how drugs involved in the opioid epidemic, such as carfentanil and the deadly mixture known as “gray death,” are getting stronger. But opioids are not the only drugs on the street that are becoming more potent.

In the United Kingdom, authorities are warning that cocaine is being sold at increasingly high […]

Tox Tuesday: Gray death

As if heroin and other opioids weren’t dangerous enough, a new drug known as “gray death” has appeared on the scene in several parts of the United States.

The drug — which gets its name from its cement powder-like appearance — is a cocktail of deadly opioids mixed with heroin or fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. […]

Tox Tuesday: Suvorexant

If you have trouble falling asleep at night or staying asleep long enough to get a good night’s rest, you’re not alone. According to recent statistics, approximately 50 million Americans are afflicted with sleep-related problems or disorders such as insomnia.

Essential to physical and emotional health, adequate sleep plays a role in helping the […]

Tox Tuesday: Drug driving prevalence across Europe

While this time of year is traditionally known for its festive parties and holiday celebrations, instances of drivers under the influence of drugs is also on the rise throughout the U.S. and Europe. Neogen has complete testing solutions for your individual testing needs including those for roadside screening and for lab confirmation. For more information, […]

Tox Tuesday: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

In an effort to take genuinely effective steps to prevent and treat substance-related issues, the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health has been released. In all, the report details what we know about substance misuse, how the neurobiological processes can turn casual substance use into a compulsive disorder, like addiction, and how […]

Tox Tuesday: U-47700

Part of the deadly chemical cocktail that killed Prince last summer included a chemical known as U-47700, a relatively new synthetic opioid, eight times stronger than morphine. Also known as “pink” or “pinky,” the designer drug is part of a family of powerful painkillers including carfentanil, furanyl and fentanyl and according to reports, has been […]

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: Carfentanil

Typically used to sedate elephants and other extremely large animals, carfentanil is one of the latest and most deadly opioids suspected in a new rash of overdoses around the country. Recent reports have also found the drug mixed with or disguised as heroin, and seized in several states including Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Formerly […]

Tox Tuesday: Heroin use and abuse infographic

Over the past decade, heroin use and abuse has continued to skyrocket everywhere. The below infographic provides more knowledge on the epidemic and Neogen’s new forensic toxicology test kit that can detect a metabolite of heroin known as 6-acetylmorphine (or 6-AM).