Tox Tuesday: Hair drug testing reducing road deaths in Brazil

With traffic accidents the eighth largest cause of death in the world, road safety is a top priority for many governments worldwide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 1.35 million deaths related to crashes every year, with approximately 45,000 of those deaths occurring in Brazil. The South American country makes the […]

Food fraud: The adulterated alcohol trend

Although there isn’t an accurate number for the death toll from adulterated alcohol poisoning — this figure likely increases every day.

Over the last two months, at least 20 people have died from alcohol poisoning in Costa Rica, ABC News reported.

The victims were between 32 and 72 years old, and the events took place […]

Tox Tuesday: Australia’s search for a drug testing unicorn

As road safety becomes an even higher priority all around the world, governments seek to develop the most advanced tools to protect the public from intoxicated drivers on their roads.

A case in point is Australia and its roadside drug testing program.

Last October, Australia’s National Drug Driving Working Group released a report stating that […]

Tox Tuesday: Emerging threat report shows sharp fentanyl increase

Each quarter, the National Drug Early Warning System releases a report outlining the latest public health threats posed by new psychoactive substances (NPSs), including synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones, opioids and benzodiazepines.

The first quarter 2019 report is now live. It’s compiled from data originating from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and provides a snapshot of the […]

Tox Tuesday: Rise of crack cocaine use in the U.K. harkens back to previous crises

Courtesy the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Many people associate high usage of crack cocaine with the 1980s and 90s, when an epidemic swept the United States, devastating urban neighborhoods and ending more lives than can be easily calculated.

And although nowadays opioids have taken over as the class of drugs causing concern in much […]

Tox Tuesday: Will the U.S. truck industry move to hair drug testing?

In the U.S., the only federally approved method for commercial driver pre-employment drug screening is to test urine samples.

This could change thanks to a proposed transportation bill that would allow trucking companies to use hair testing in addition to, or instead of, urine to meet federal requirements. Advocates for the legislation point to a […]

Tox Tuesday: Industry expert Alberto Salomone

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Alberto Salomone has been the president of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS) since 2015 and is the laboratory supervisor at the Centro Regionale […]

Tox Tuesday: The advantages of ELISA drug testing

The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA; pronounced like the name “Eliza”) is a testing technique used to detect and measure substances in biological samples. It’s been one of the most trusted testing methods for nearly half a century and is popular in many fields, for everything from food allergen detection to medical screening for various illnesses. […]

Tox Tuesday: Synthetic cathinones

As the drug crisis around the world deepens, some of the more difficult-to-deal-with substances of abuse are the manmade ones. In part, this is because synthetic, or “designer,” drugs can be incredibly potent, but also because their easily adaptable formulations make them tricky to legislate.

One of these types of drugs are synthetic cathinones, which […]

Tox Tuesday: Dark web marketplace begins to ban fentanyl

You know a drug is bad when drug dealers won’t even supply it.

That’s the case with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, which is now being delisted by major dark web drug suppliers because of the risks associated with it. Because fentanyl is so deadly, it’s more likely to trigger investigation from authorities. To keep […]