Tox Tuesday: Drug abuse in Hawaii

In one word, “paradise” is often the perception that comes from the island nation of Hawaii. Along with beautiful white sandy beaches, tropical flowers, and day after day of perfect surfing conditions, however, Hawaii and its residents have similar concerns regarding the rise in drug abuse their state faces just like others area of the […]

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: Meth

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

Despite its devastating effects, methamphetamine continues to be a serious problem in the U.S. and abroad.

Methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, comes in a myriad of forms with numerous ways to abuse the drug. Traditional meth typically is in pill or powder form, while crystal […]

Study: Meth vaccine shows encouraging results in early stages

Methamphetamine. Image courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Results from an early stage study have shown that rats vaccinated with an experimental methamphetamine vaccine did not display the usual effects of exposure to the drug.

Two years ago, researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) developed six possible vaccines for methamphetamine, a drug […]

Study: Methamphetamine causes fruit flies to greatly reduce food intake

By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Anorexia is the primary cause of death in fruit flies exposed to methamphetamine, according to new research.

Much like the tiny insects, humans who use methamphetamine also hugely decrease their food intake and ratchet up physical activity. The study used fruit flies (Drosophila […]