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 […]

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: 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: 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: 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: Banned substance tested for in both athletes and meat

Clenbuterol is a decongestant and bronchodilator that is well known as a performance-enhancing drug, but is also hot on the black market for a different purpose: fattening up farm animals before slaughter.

One famous Mexican boxer recently tested positive for the banned substance, but claims that he didn’t intentionally take the performance-enhancing drug — rather, […]

Tox Tuesday: a history of Olympic doping

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Tetrahydrogestrinone. Androstenedione. Methylhexanamine. Erythropoietin. Hydrochlorothiazide. These are just some of the performance-enhancing substances athletes use here in the 21st century, and just some of what officials will test for during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. However, just because these drugs are modern inventions doesn’t mean that doping […]