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 […]

Tox Tuesday: Despite controversy, FDA approves powerful new opioid painkiller

A highly potent opioid drug has gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, despite critics’ fears that another powerful opioid on the market will pose a public health threat.

The drug, going under the brand name Dsuvia, is an under-the-tongue tablet version of an already existing opioid, sufentanil, which is usually administered intravenously. Traditionally, […]

Tox Tuesday: U.S. law gives 60 days for new regulations on oral fluid and hair drug testing

A new act signed into effect by U.S. President Donald Trump in late October aims to combat the opioid crisis with a variety of provisions that affect everything from packaging to telemedicine, including one that has been long backed by the trucking industry.

The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 for the first time addresses […]

Tox Tuesday: Overdose deaths may have ‘plateaued’ says U.S. health chief, but are still high

According to a major U.S. health chief, drug overdose deaths in the country have begun to plateau, after years of rapidly increasing death statistics.

Health secretary Alex Azar said last week that although there is still a long way to go in ending the opioid crisis, it’s possible that the recent numbers will mark a […]

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: How were Seattle’s mussels contaminated with opioids?

Earlier this year, mussels fished from Puget Sound — the beautiful ocean inlet in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Washington — tested positive for opioids.

No, the shellfish weren’t doing drugs. Rather, unprecedented levels of opioid prescriptions and opioid abuse have caused even the environment to be affected.

Opioid usage, both legitimate […]