Statistics from the North Dakota State Crime Laboratory show that new approaches to fight the use and distribution of synthetic drugs in the past year may be working.
Scientists have proved a new method for anthrax detection can identify anthrax quicker than any...
On the second day of Kerry Kennedy’s misdemeanor trial on charges of driving under the influence...
The synthetic drug problem in Arizona is a big deal, with new chemicals popping up all the time it's hard for lawmakers and law enforcement to keep up. Workers at the DPS Crime Lab can test most synthetics and know what they are. The problem figuring that out starts after the drug is in someone's system.
A year after the legalization of recreational marijuana, law enforcement and the court system in Washington State have seen some, but not all, of the effects from the new law.
Intelligent Fingerprinting, a British company developing the world’s first handheld fingerprint-based drug screening device, has secured £750,000 in funding from a consortium of private US-based investors.
The death recently of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, found with a needle in his arm, has drawn nationwide attention to the resurgence of heroin and the widening of a deadly addiction epidemic. But these issues have long been on the radar in Rhode Island, a state with one of the highest rates of people using drugs and dying from them.
A team of forensic scientists has completed a review of the documented adverse health effects associated with the use of the synthetic cannabinoid drugs.
When crime rates drop, politicians like to give themselves pats on the back for being “tough on crime.” But a new theory explaining why violence has declined across the country since the 1990s is gaining credence, and it has nothing to do with the criminal justice system.
The Effects of Acquisition of Blood Specimens on Drug Levels and the Effects of Transportation Conditions on Degradation of DrugsJanuary 29, 2014 10:56 am | by Jerri McLemore, Eugene Schwilke, Kevin Shanks and Dennis Klein, NIJ | News | Comments
The collection site and manner in which postmortem blood is collected and shipped to the reference laboratory for a forensic pathology autopsy may significantly impact toxicological results because of possible specimen degradation or postmortem redistribution.
In this project, the authors evaluated 16 ELISA reagents of 30 designer drugs in serum and 2 EMIT reagents of these drugs in urine to determine the drugs’ cross-reactivity.
Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals, but bioengineers at UC Berkeley saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. This feature makes the sensors valuable detectors of toxins or airborne pathogens.
Heroin is one of the most widely used illegal drugs in the world, but drug testing has long been challenged by the difficulty in separating results of illicit heroin users from those who have innocently eaten poppy seeds containing natural opiates. Research explores a new test which may present a solution to the so-called "poppy seed defense."
Arsenic, cyanide, chloroform — such were some of the favorites of poisoners in the 1920s. Detecting each one presented a different scientific challenge. Forensic chemistry has come a long way since then, and poisoners don't exactly run rampant any longer. But poisoning still happens.
Law enforcement in North Carolina used technology last year to uncover a record number of illegal drug labs that make methamphetamine. SBI agents and other law enforcement officers in North Carolina have access to information about pseudoephedrine purchases through the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), helping them to identify likely meth cooks and find more meth labs.
An Oregon waitress lifted a credit card receipt from a bill and found an envelope with a question mark. She peeked inside, quietly walked to her manager and asked him to call police. Inside the envelope was 17 grams of methamphetamine, police said. And the customers who left it Friday were still sitting at her table at the Twisted Fish restaurant in Seaside, Ore.
Billed as a safer, cleaner way to get a nicotine fix, electronic cigarettes are surging in popularity. But some doctors and researchers say these smoking substitutes are far from harmless — especially to children.
The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is proud to announce the accreditation of its first Texas-based blood alcohol testing laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025 as part of the A2LA Forensic Accreditation Program.
Sniffing out counterfeit drugs is an almost daily occurrence at the Groton labs, where Pfizer analyzes suspect branded products from North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Other Pfizer labs in England and China, with slightly larger staffs, analyze suspicious drugs from the rest of the world, where most of the counterfeit manufacturing is being done.
A new ForensicDB project sought to expand ForensicDB's capacity for user traffic and database queries, increase associate curators' participation, and further develop software automation to better manage the records submitted.
A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found that his death wasn't caused by radiation- a finding that comes after a French probe found traces of the radioactive isotope polonium and a Swiss investigation said the timeframe of his illness and death was consistent with that of polonium poisoning.
This summer, a member of the Montreal mafia (who knew?) mysteriously died in a Canadian federal prison. Guiseppe De Vito went to sleep on July 7 as a healthy, 46-year-old convicted murderer. The next day, he was dead. Recently, Canadian authorities announced the result of the De Vito autopsy. They’d found a lethal dose of the poison cyanide in blood and tissue.
Details of the Madison, Miss., police investigation into the death of Abigail Bonner will be presented to a grand jury in January for possible criminal charges, the district attorney says. Madison police also said they want a grand jury to consider the evidence they’ve been gathering for more than four months.
Chemists at have been able to trace narcotics substances and prescription drugs in measurements of wastewater from 33 Swedish sewage treatment plants. Cocaine, amphetamine and methamphetamine, in measurable concentrations, were found in a total of half of the locations.
Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.
Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year, according to a federal report. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is based on a joint investigation with state health officials launched after Colorado hospitals started seeing an increase in emergency room visits by people who had used synthetic pot in late August.
Psychedelic amphetamines are an emerging class of designer drugs capable of producing a complex array of adrenergic and hallucinogenic effects. The purpose of this study was to evaluate limitations in existing methodologies for detecting these drugs in biological samples, and develop new procedures for detecting them.
Grandaddy Purple, Blueberry Yum Yum and other pot products may now be legal for medical use in 20 states and the District of Columbia, but how do patients know what dose they’re really getting and whether it’s safe? Small labs are setting up shop — some at their own legal peril — to help patients find out.
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