It's typical for students in Jim Haluck's honors forensics course at The Boys' Latin School of Maryland, to learn about a variety of materials throughout the year. Recently, however, students were talking quite a bit about the new lab entitled Sarcophaga bullata, which deals with meat and maggots in an attempt to determine if drugs were used by a hypothetical deceased human body.
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Federal health regulators approved a drug overdose treatment device that experts say will provide a powerful lifesaving tool in the midst of a surging epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Indiana has achieved the dubious distinction of leading the U.S. in methamphetamine lab seizures — a whopping 1,800 of them last year, according to state and federal statistics.
When first responders receive a call, they can never be sure of what they might encounter — and when synthetic marijuana is involved, their jobs can be that much harder.
Methamphetamine is the drug of choice in Asia but new synthetic drugs have found their way in the region, with authorities always playing catch up with traffickers, international drug enforcers say.
Manufacturers frequently put fake weed in foil pouches sealed in containers with nice labels. The packaging gives the impression the product is made in a clean factory that is regulated and inspected.
Synthetic cannabinoids — a chemically-created mimicry of marijuana — have proven to be laying in legal limbo. However, the synthetic substances have become an enforcement issue for police.
A Chemistry team from the National University of Singapore has developed for the first time a fluorescent sensor that detects the presence of GHB.
Baton Rouge police have arrested the owners of two smoke shops after authorities raided their shops during a crackdown on the sale of synthetic marijuana.
Most of the new designer drugs have psychedelic properties, although many have mixed features of psychedelics and other drug classes such as stimulants or amphetamines. They are dangerous for users who don't know what they're getting — or getting into.
Recreational drugs are being cooked up in labs overseas. Many of these so-called designer drugs are being imported legally in amazing quantities.
Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kleibert signed an Emergency Rule recently adding eight more synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as Synthetic Marijuana, to the state's banned list.
A centralized network of traffickers working with one supplier funneled synthetic drugs into the Des Moines, Iowa area, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, authorities contend in search warrants filed in Polk County District Court.
A synthetic drug, possibly designed to mimic cocaine or LSD, is suspected of contributing to the deaths of a teenage girl and a young man in Mankato, Minn., at separate homes, and authorities are worried there is “more of this potentially deadly substance out there.”
A dangerous Russian drug that has suddenly become popular in North Texas may have contributed to at least nine recent deaths in Tarrant County, including four in just the past three months.
A year-long investigation by several law enforcement agencies and a five-day trial results in guilty verdicts against two Michigan residents from incidents involving the sale of synthetic cannabinoids.
Designer drugs are altered at the molecular level to mimic illegal drugs, while staying inside the law. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with author Mike Power about how these drugs are made and sold.
Michael Smith, a supervisory chemist at Fort George G. Meade's Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory, was presented a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
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 existing approach.
On the second day of Kerry Kennedy’s misdemeanor trial on charges of driving under the influence of a sleeping pill, the prosecution’s pharmaceutical expert said that the drug, a generic version of Ambien, could render users incapable of recognizing that their driving was impaired.
Drug overdose deaths in Eastern Connecticut are skyrocketing. Officials are worried about the increasingly devastating impact of heroin in the region, and there has been a new, recent twist — heroin that is spiked with a potent painkiller for a lethal combination.
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.
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