Tox Tuesday: Overdose deaths may have ‘plateaued’ says U.S. health chief, but are still high

According to a major U.S. health chief, drug overdose deaths in the country have begun to plateau, after years of rapidly increasing death statistics.

Health secretary Alex Azar said last week that although there is still a long way to go in ending the opioid crisis, it’s possible that the recent numbers will mark a […]

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: 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: Virginia’s synthetic drug and heroin problem

Spreading like wildfire from state to state, officials from Virginia are the latest to report an uptick in use of synthetic drugs including synthetic marijuana and other synthetic stimulants like bath salts and gravel. Gravel, also called flakka, has appeared in the state previously, but according to a recent article, is rearing its ugly head […]

Tox Tuesday: Suboxone

Approved by the FDA just over a decade ago, suboxone is prescribed to patients with narcotic dependence and addiction. While the drug’s intended use is to help addicts cope with and end their addiction, ongoing reports of the drug being abused and leading to deadly overdoses have created a debate causing many to weigh the […]