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The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location i

Drug-facilitated Sexual Assault

July 23, 2014 11:43 am | by NIJ | News | Comments

The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location in Washington, DC, on August 11-12, 2014.

Synthetic Marijuana, No Longer Similar to Marijuana

July 17, 2014 1:05 pm | by Ben Wallace, The Advocate | News | Comments

Synthetic marijuana — different chemical blends first created in the 2000s to mimic the effects...

Texas Woman who Sent Ricin Gets 18 Years in Prison

July 16, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas actress who sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and the New York mayor...

Analysis Gives Clues in John Doe Case

July 15, 2014 1:59 pm | by Channel 3000 | News | Comments

Scientific testing has helped investigators in narrow in on the identity of the teenage boy...

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MSU Professor Appointed to NIST Forensic Science Standards Board

July 11, 2014 2:03 pm | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, have named Michigan State University’s Anil Jain among the first 17 appointments to the Forensic Science Standards Board.       

Legal Marijuana Goes On Sale in Washington

July 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment.          

Prescription Overdose Deaths in Florida Plunge After Tougher Measures

July 2, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

Prescription drug overdose deaths in Florida fell sharply after the state began strengthening its prescribing laws and stepping up enforcement. Federal researchers said Tuesday that it was the first significant documented decline in the nation since the epidemic of prescription drug abuse took hold more than a decade ago.  

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Synthetic marijuana is illegal to use in Louisiana. But it’s becoming the new drug of choice — exceeding cocaine — because many users think it’s a safe, modified version of marijuana.

Synthetic Marijuana Use Increasing in Louisiana

June 30, 2014 3:10 pm | by Marsha Shuler, The Advocate | News | Comments

Synthetic marijuana is illegal to use in Louisiana. But It’s becoming the new drug of choice — exceeding cocaine — because many users think it’s a safe, modified version of marijuana. It’s not, say law enforcement and health officials.   

NMS Labs is launching its newest test offering for the latest group of agents to have come to the fore in the rapidly changing Designer Drug arena in the US.

Designer Drug Detection

June 30, 2014 2:40 pm | NMS Labs | Product Releases | Comments

NMS Labs is launching its newest test offering for the latest group of agents to have come to the fore in the rapidly changing Designer Drug arena in the US. The Pyrrolidinophenones or “Pyrros” are potent stimulants with psychoactive properties becoming popular with young people and drug users looking for a newer, different high.

As part of a portable cocaine test that takes just minutes, this microfluidic device extracts drugs of abuse from dried urine samples.

Fast, Portable 'On-the-go' Cocaine Testing

June 25, 2014 1:41 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Testing for cocaine and other drugs usually involves two steps: a quick on-site prescreen, and then a more accurate confirmatory test at a distant laboratory. Now, researchers report development of a backpack-sized device that can perform highly accurate and sensitive tests anywhere within 15 minutes. 

Forensic Facilities POTential

June 25, 2014 10:33 am | by Jinhee Lee and Ken Mohr | Crime Lab Design | Articles | Comments

With recreational and/or medical marijuana now legal in 21 states and the District of Columbia as of April 21, 2014, according to CNN US, one might wonder if forensic facilities can begin to scale back resources dedicated to the drug’s testing and storage. We believe that this may not be the case.

Challenges and Opportunities in Toxicology Sciences

June 23, 2014 9:09 am | News | Comments

OMICS Group cordially invites the participants across the globe to attend the 3rd International Summit on Toxicology & Applied Pharmacology during October 20-22, 2014 in Chicago, USA focussing on the theme: “New Challenges and Innovations in Pharmacological and Toxicological Sciences”.

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Triple Quadrupole GC-MS

June 23, 2014 8:30 am | Thermo Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

The new Thermo Scientific TSQ 8000 Evo triple quadrupole GC-MS system improves on the features of its predecessor, the TSQ 8000, with new EvoCell technology, demonstrated in company-run experiments to triple selected reaction monitoring (SRM) transition rates without compromising sensitivity.

Autopsy Results Inconclusive in Las Vegas Music Festival Death

June 23, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

Toxicology tests will be performed to determine the cause of death of a 24-year-old Bay Area man at an electronic music festival in Las Vegas over the weekend, a coroner's official said after an autopsy Sunday yielded inconclusive results.  

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced its participation in a special online video feature series, "The Science Behind the FIFA World Cup," produced by SelectScience.

World Cup Science Protects Players and Fans with Criminalistics Tools

June 17, 2014 3:21 pm | Agilent Technologies, Inc. | News | Comments

Ahead of this year's FIFA World Cup, SelectScience traveled to Brazil to talk to leading scientists to learn how in-field and laboratory sciences are helping to protect players and fans during the tournament, and how scientific analysis tools can be used to manage athlete health and improve player performance.

Changes in marijuana laws in Washington have affected operations at state crime labs, which still must process the drug for cases involving juveniles and impaired drivers.

Marijuana Testing Takes Longer since Legalization

June 17, 2014 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Changes in marijuana laws in Washington have affected operations at state crime labs, which still must process the drug for cases involving juveniles and impaired drivers.                       

Local Illicit Drug Use Gauged in Real Time

June 12, 2014 8:27 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Much illegal drug use happens off the radar. To better approximate usage, scientists have been turning to wastewater. Like a lot of other compounds from pharmaceuticals and personal care products to pesticides, illegal drugs and their metabolic byproducts also persist in sewage. 

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ME's Delays Hamper Autopsies, Toxicology Findings

June 9, 2014 2:23 pm | by Rupa Shenoy, Telegram & Gazette | News | Comments

Kimberly Parker's family is one of many waiting for answers. As of early May, autopsy reports on 1,121 deaths had been delayed at least three months — the time period after which they're considered backlogged.            

Children's Mass Grave Found in Former Irish Orphanage

June 6, 2014 12:06 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Catholic Church in Ireland is facing fresh accusations of child neglect after a researcher found records for 796 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for the children of unwed mothers.     

Police Investigating Death Unreported for Months

June 5, 2014 11:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An 88-year-old Lafayette man's body remained in his home for nine months before it was discovered by police, authorities says. Neighbors said wife lived in the home during that time and acted as if everything was normal.         

Field Forensics DABIT-014 Mephedrone Test

May 30, 2014 11:33 am | Field Forensics, Inc. | Videos | Comments

This short demonstration is for the DABIT™ (Drugs of ABuse Identification Test kit) from Field Forensics, Inc. The test is used to identify the presence of mephederone.                       

Drug Users Switch to Heroin because It's Cheap, Easy to Get

May 29, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jim Dryden, Washington Univ. in St. Louis | News | Comments

A nationwide survey indicates that heroin users are attracted to the drug not only for the “high” but because it is less expensive and easier to get than prescription painkillers.                    

Lethal Injection under New Scrutiny after Botched Execution

May 28, 2014 12:53 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The botched execution in April of a man convicted of murder brought to the fore of national consciousness the precarious state of capital punishment. An article details the history of lethal injection, what went wrong in April and how states are currently handling the practice, once deemed the most humane way to execute prisoners.

Colorado's Marijuana Experiment Having Unexpected Consequences

May 22, 2014 12:54 pm | by Josh Voorhees, Slate | News | Comments

Nearly five months into Colorado’s great pot experiment, the early returns are good. In Denver, home to the bulk of the first-in-the-nation retail stores, violent crime fell by 5.6 percent over the first four months of the year, with major property crimes down nearly twice that. But, it’s too soon, however, to call Colorado’s measure an unqualified success.

Former St Louis Police Chemist Alleges Wrongful Termination

May 21, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jennifer Mann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch | News | Comments

A chemist who was fired from the St. Louis police took her former bosses to trial recently, alleging her whistleblower claims about drug testing errors cost her a 25-year job.                     

New York is a Surging Heroin Hub

May 20, 2014 11:56 am | by J. David Goodman, The New York Times | News | Comments

The flood of heroin coming into and going out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, alarming law enforcement officials who say that bigger players are now entering the market to sell the drug here and to feed a growing appetite along the East Coast.

Heroin 'Epidemic' Difficult to Monitor

May 19, 2014 11:49 am | by MaryJo Webster and Jessica Glenza, St. Paul Pioneer Press | News | Comments

Elected officials, law enforcement officers and others proclaim there's a heroin "epidemic" sweeping the country, and it's taking hold in rural and suburban communities once considered unlikely places to find illicit drugs. But no one knows what information is accurate.

Wrong Chemical Used in 2,500 Meth Tests

May 14, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

Crime lab analysts used the wrong chemical to conduct preliminary methamphetamine tests earlier this year on the blood samples of 2,500 people who were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, the Santa Clara County, California District Attorney's Office disclosed Monday.  

Revamped St. Paul Forensic Unit Helped Crack Drug Cartel Case

May 13, 2014 7:08 am | by Mara H. Gottfried, Pioneer Press | News | Comments

After two teens were kidnapped and beaten at a St. Paul home that allegedly was a "stash house" for a Mexican drug cartel, the St. Paul police crime lab identified a fingerprint that helped move the case forward. The behind-the-scenes story of how police cracked the case was a chance for Chief Thomas Smith to talk about his pride in the new Forensic Services Unit.  

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