Tox Tuesday: Drug testing public assistance recipients

In an effort to save taxpayer dollars and make sure public assistance is not being used to subsidize the potential drug habits of its recipients, several states have passed legislation requiring those receiving welfare or other public assistance to pass a drug test. However, some believe the data collected from these states is showing this […]

Infographic: Workplace drug testing

Across Europe there is an increasing trend in the prevalence of substance abuse among the working population. Statistics show that these figures spike in December as people enter the festive spirit where we see as much as a 40% increase in the consumption of drugs and alcohol.

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Tox Tuesday: Oral fluid testing

Today there are several types of sample matrices used with forensic drug detection tests that are used around the world to identify the use and abuse of both prescription and illegal drugs.

Urine testing, for example, is one of the most commonly used and referred to methods, along with blood and hair testing. While […]

Increased drug testing in UK includes ‘legal highs’

Europe’s working class may need to start being on their best behavior as workplace drug testing is on the rise in the United Kingdom (UK), according to a recently published article in BBC News. Not only are the number and frequency of tests rising, but employers are also starting to test for more “legal highs” […]

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Animal safety

Cattle Outlook: Empty Freezers – Ag Web

The USDA Cold Storage report released last Friday showed that total stocks of beef, pork, chicken and turkey in U.S. freezers at […]

Tox Tuesday: Benzodiazepines

[ SPANISH ] The long explanation involves the enhancement of the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at the GABAA receptor, which results in sedative, sleep-inducing properties.

The short explanation?

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8 things you need to know today

[ SPANISH ] Welcome to another week! You know what that means — your weekly must-know stories, featured in our Monday Links. From global to local issues, we like to cover it all at Neogen. What’s going on in the world? Read on to find out:

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Top 6 things to know for food and animal safety

In our first full week of May, plenty is happening in the food and animal safety worlds — we wanted to bring all of the news to you in one place. What is being discussed around Neogen this morning? What news stories have caught our interest? Read on to find out:

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Tox Tuesday: Hair testing

Sometimes knowing what drugs a person has had in their system can be discovered by looking at the hair on his or her head or body.

Hair testing for traces of illicit substances is utilized in a range of cases and has some advantages over other types of tests when it comes to specific uses. […]

Synthetic marijuana leads to more than 10,000 hospital visits a year

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Thousands of people were hospitalized in 2010 after using synthetic marijuana, also known as spice or K2, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The drug was linked to 11,406 emergency room visits, with 75 percent of those involving people between 12 and […]