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Postal Inspectors Discover $90,000 Worth of Bath Salts in Chinese Package

November 20, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

An express postal package from China, that was bound for a house in Destrehan, Louisiana, was intercepted by authorities and found to contain an estimated $90,000 worth of the illegal designer drug "Molly," St. Charles Parish authorities reported Tuesday.

Chiron to Distribute Kura Biotec Enzymes for Analytical Toxicology

November 18, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Chiron has announced that they have signed an...

Synthetic, Secret Ingredients of Dietary Supplements

November 13, 2014 1:10 pm | by Virginia Hughes, National Geographic | News | Comments

The supplement industry — which rakes in some $32 billion a year from American consumers —...

Estimating Meth & Other Synthetic Drugs from Quebec

November 13, 2014 12:27 pm | by NIJ | News | Comments

This study estimated the extent of synthetic drug...

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The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported

Mexican Meth Replacing Heartland Homemade

November 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.

A renowned pathologist testified he could not determine whether a neurologist was fatally poisoned by her husband, a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher on trial for criminal homicide.

Expert Pathologist Can't Confirm Poisoning

November 5, 2014 2:03 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

A renowned pathologist testified he could not determine whether a neurologist was fatally poisoned by her husband, a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher on trial for criminal homicide.                 

Engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs.

Making Sensor Technology Better at Sniffing Materials

November 4, 2014 12:08 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

Engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs.                     

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State Forensic Agency Will No Longer Process Misdemeanor Marijuana Evidence

November 3, 2014 12:08 pm | by Ashlie Walter, The News & Advance | News | Comments

In a bid to limit the number of backlogged drug cases, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science will no longer process marijuana in its labs for evidence in misdemeanor cases.                     

Michael Morton Act Creates Backlog In Texas County

November 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Mitch Goulding, Time Warner Cable News | News | Comments

Leaders in Williamson County, Texas have come up with a creative solution to tackle a growing jail population.                                       

Centice Corporation has announced that a major federal agency is now using the Centice MFL-3000 drug analysis system to aid in prescription pill abuse operations.

Centice Systems Aid Federal Agency in Prescription Pill Abuse Operations

October 29, 2014 10:59 am | Centice Corporation | News | Comments

Centice Corporation has announced that a major federal agency is now using the Centice MFL-3000 drug analysis system to aid in prescription pill abuse operations.                         

Police said a heroin sample tied to a suspected overdose tested positive for Fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful and more life-threatening than heroin itself.

Heroin Sample Laced with Fentanyl

October 28, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jordan Cuddemi, Valley News | News | Comments

Police said a heroin sample tied to a suspected overdose tested positive for Fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful and more life-threatening than heroin itself.                       

Lab-on-a-chip technology has a range of applications - from medical research to water quality testing. RMIT

Wallet-sized Labs the Next Big Thing for Toxicology

October 28, 2014 12:56 pm | by RMIT | News | Comments

Researchers are developing inexpensive, portable toxicology laboratories so small you could fit them in your wallet. The development of these microfluidic chips could be used for toxicology and drug discovery testing.           

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Synthetic Marijuana Use Growing Problem in Russia

October 24, 2014 9:27 am | News | Comments

According to Russian authorities, in recent weeks the spice epidemic has taken 25 lives and led to 700 people seeking medical attention. Hardly a day goes by without a fresh horror story of adolescents dying from the drug. 

HAZMAT Best Practices Playbook

October 24, 2014 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alluviam’s HazMasterG3 Version 18 delivers exclusive HazMAT Quick Start best-practices playbook to responders, is endorsed by HazMatIQ, and has been adopted for use in their HMEIQ training program for military and civilian hazardous materials response and EOD teams. 

Extraction of Drugs of Abuse Using a Mixed-Mode SPE Sorbent

October 24, 2014 8:30 am | Webinars

This webinar will address in detail the method optimization parameters that effect extraction of drugs of abuse namely: sample pretreatment, bed mass, sample size, conditioning, column washing, drying and elution.

Breaking Good

October 21, 2014 7:30 pm | by Jenny Button | Chiron AS | Articles | Comments

In recent years we have seen the drug market flooded with new psychoactive substances, often misleadingly termed “legal highs.” The emergence of new compounds is growing year on year, leaving many working in this area floundering under the ingenuity of the market, and the speed at which it reacts.  

 Toxic heroin caused 31 overdoses in two days at Vancouver's safe injection site — believed to be a record for the facility that opened 11 years ago.

Toxic Heroin Causes 31 Overdoses at Treatment Facility

October 17, 2014 11:00 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Toxic heroin caused 31 overdoses in two days at Vancouver's safe injection site — believed to be a record for the facility that opened 11 years ago.                             

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Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked.

Exposures to Liquid Nicotine Up among Children

October 16, 2014 8:14 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked.                 

Toad licking has long been recognized as a stupid, risky way to try to get high. But do you know the biochemistry that determines how stupid and risky it actually, and how high you could get.

Toad Licking Produces a High (And Then Kills)

October 9, 2014 1:09 pm | by Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9 | News | Comments

Toad licking has long been recognized as a stupid, risky way to try to get high. But do you know the biochemistry that determines how stupid and risky it actually is, and how high you could get?                

A new government study found deaths from heroin overdose doubled in just two years in much of the United States. Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers continue to be much more common, but they declined slightly as the heroin deaths increased.

Heroin Deaths Double in Much of the Country

October 2, 2014 1:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new government study found deaths from heroin overdose doubled in just two years in much of the United States. Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers continue to be much more common, but they declined slightly as the heroin deaths increased.

What are the difficulties in detecting bath salts, their effects and how do we test for them?

September 30, 2014 4:36 pm | by Dr. Joanne Darragh | Randox Toxicology | Articles | Comments

With bath salts being a new product with no exact chemical composition, toxicology companies have struggled to produce a detection technique. As many bath salts are made up of a large drug concoction, with current tests only detecting an individual drug and not a variety of drugs, this also decreases the possibility of detection.    

Determination of Blood Alcohol Content has been a standard analytical method in criminal labs for many years. Recently, however, additional compound identification provided by matching the ethanol mass spectrum to a library spectrum, in addition to RT, ha

Analysis of Blood Alcohol by Headspace with Simultaneous GC-FID and MS Detection

September 17, 2014 8:34 am | by Zhuangzhi “Max” Wang, Ph.D.; Richard R. Whitney, Ph.D.; Nicole M. Lock; Laura Chambers | Articles | Comments

Determination of Blood Alcohol Content has been a standard analytical method in criminal labs for many years. Recently, however, additional compound identification provided by matching the ethanol mass spectrum to a library spectrum, in addition to RT, has proven to offer an additional level of confirmation. This article describes BAC analysis using a GC-FID in parallel with a mass spectrometer for positive compound identification.

The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in West Virginia, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level. The lab has the potential to service over 800 agencies from all across the

Processing Evidence Requires Many Tests at WVa Lab

September 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by Wendy Holdren, Register-Herald | News | Comments

The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in West Virginia, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level. The lab has the potential to service over 800 agencies from all across the state.

Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” — which really aren’t meant for your daily bath — are still readily available in some retail shops, on the Internet and on the streets. To help law enforcement, scientis

Novel Method for Portable Detection of Bath Salts

September 12, 2014 8:20 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” — which really aren’t meant for your daily bath — are still readily available in some retail shops, on the Internet and on the streets. To help law enforcement, scientists are developing a novel method that could be the basis for the first portable, on-site testing device for identifying the drugs.

Delays at Crime Lab Hamper Crackdown on Synthetic Pot

September 10, 2014 11:56 am | by Scott J. Croteau, Telegram & Gazette | News | Comments

Vice Squad officers will check stores and ask store owners not to sell synthetic marijuana products after a recently signed state bill made them illegal. But officers are hindered in enforcing the new law. The State Crime Lab is months away from being able to analyze the products.

Polonium's Most Stable Isotope Gets Revised Half-Life Measurement

September 10, 2014 9:07 am | by NIST | News | Comments

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have determined that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about 25 percent longer than the previously determined value, which had been in use for decades.

GC-MS Running Both Single and Triple Quadrupole Methods

September 9, 2014 6:57 am | Thermo Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

  The new TSQ Duo system is based on the Thermo Scientific TRACE 1300 gas chromatograph and TSQ mass spectrometer platform, and is designed to perform both single and triple quadrupole analysis on the same instrument. 

Q-TOF GC/MS System

September 4, 2014 9:41 am | Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced the 7200B Quadrupole Time of Flight (Q-TOF) Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) System. The system replaces the company’s GC/QTOF, the 7200A, with new capabilities that will significantly boost laboratory performance.

A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s la

Bone Analysis Reveals Richard III's Royal Lifestyle

August 26, 2014 3:19 pm | by Univ. of Leicester | News | Comments

A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s last Plantagenet king. The study indicates a change in diet and location in his early childhood, and in later life, a diet filled with expensive, high status food and drink.

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