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: Workplace drug testing

For the second consecutive year, data is showing that the percentage of American workers testing positive for illicit drugs—including marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines—is on the rise and has increased from 4.3% in 2013 to 4.7% in 2014.

The data, complied by Quest Diagnostics, took into account 6.6 million urine drug tests and 1.1 million oral […]

Tox Tuesday: Florida’s flakka problem and other drug abuse issues

In an official report released by Trust for American’s Health, Florida now has the 11th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the U.S. with overdose deaths doubling between 1999 and 2010. Overdose deaths in the state now also exceed motor vehicle-related deaths and have led some officials to call the current situation in their state […]

Tox Tuesday: The rise in Ohio’s heroin related issues

Over the course of the past 15 years, the state of Ohio has seen fatal heroin overdoses rise approximately 366%, according to a 2014 report published by the Ohio Department of Health. While this number may seem shocking, other states are recording similar, although not as drastic statistics.

Based on this extreme increase, some researchers […]

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 […]

Tox Tuesday: Tainted heroin

Concerns continue to rise in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York as various unknown substances being sold as heroin have been linked to at least six overdose deaths in recent months. While authorities are still unsure exactly what the substances are composed of, they have chosen to not keep this quickly escalating drug […]

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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 […]

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Tox Tuesday: Heroin

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

As abuse of prescription opioids continues, many users often turn to heroin as a cheaper alternative.

Heroin is an opioid, a class of drugs that relieve pain and, in many cases, often are abused. It causes euphoria and decreased mental function, followed by a drowsy […]