Tox Tuesday: W-18 and the war on opiates

Alarmed by the rising death toll from prescription painkillers and frustrated by a lack of federal action, some state lawmakers are beginning to take matters into their own hands by forming legislation that could change how prescription painkillers are prescribed in their states.

At the same time, however, a new opioid designer drug, known as […]

Tox Tuesday: Nalbuphine

Prescribed by doctors for pain relief, usually after surgery or childbirth, nalbuphine, which is sold under trade names that include Nubain, is a semi-synthetic opioid drug that is often used in place of other powerful pain medication, such as morphine. While available by prescription only, reports of this drug being abused date back several decades […]

Neogen launches ELISA test for dermorphin

Neogen has introduced an ELISA screening test that offers ultra-sensitive detection of dermorphin, which has been shown to produce both analgesic effects and hyperactivity in horses.

Dermorphin is an opioid peptide that is isolated from skin secretions of South American tree frogs in the Phyllomedusa genus, and has been shown to have 30 to 40 […]