Tox Tuesday: U-47700

Part of the deadly chemical cocktail that killed Prince last summer included a chemical known as U-47700, a relatively new synthetic opioid, eight times stronger than morphine. Also known as “pink” or “pinky,” the designer drug is part of a family of powerful painkillers including carfentanil, furanyl and fentanyl and according to reports, has been […]

Tox Tuesday: European prisons crack down on ‘legal highs’

Recent reports from multiple European prisons are showing that while the use of illegal drugs continues to decrease inside prison walls, “legal highs” and the violence associated with them, remains on the rise.

Referred to as “legal highs” due to their synthetic make-up, these drugs are chemically engineered to generate similar effects that illegal substances […]

Tox Tuesday: China’s war on drugs

In an increasingly borderless world, technology and international travel have globalized the marketplace for new products and services including the illegal drug trade. In China for example, their geographical location makes them an ideal transit country for drug traffickers. This coupled with its large population, creates a massive market for drug consumption and has led […]