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The New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC), working in collaboration with New Jersey Department of Health and law enforcement agencies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York through the Drug Monitoring Initiative, has identified three highly lethal brands of drugs identified by unique stamps, which are responsible for six recent overdose deaths in the region.
Hope is rare in China’s courts. This is a country where 99.9 percent of suspects are found guilty. Where authorities put to death more convicted criminals each year than the rest of the world’s countries combined.
Methamphetamine labs have proliferated at a startling rate across Maine, and drug agents say that the growth in the costly and dangerous raids has stretched their resources.
Drugs of abuse can be detected in dentin, providing a novel matrix for forensic toxicology studies. This approach was examined on a few occasions previously, but a new report from scientists in Germany and Switzerland has emphasized the fact that dental pulp was removed before analysis, thereby eliminating interferences from blood inside the pulp.
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.
Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behavior among people who inject drugs, say researchers. Drug addiction had already been identified as a major risk factor for suicide, and it is in fact the cause of 10 percent of deaths among drug users.
Between 2010 and 2012, synthetic marijuana, an illegal drug sold under the names of K-2, Spice and other labels, caused a stir because it was being sold openly in convenience stores, health food stores and other outlets as potpourri or incense. While most consider the product dead and gone, there is still a demand for it and, as a recent Fulton County, Arkansas arrest indicates, people are working to manufacture it to meet the demand.
At least five high profile cases of serious malpractice at US forensic crime labs have come to light in the last two years, most resulting in the arrest of chemists working there. These scandals have called into question key evidence used in criminal cases, and have resulted in hundreds convictions being overturned.
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 has announced that they have signed an arrangement with Kura Biotec™ to distribute their impressive range of enzymes for analytical toxicology.
The supplement industry — which rakes in some $32 billion a year from American consumers — claims that the vast majority of supplements are safe. But that’s really an impossible claim, because most supplements don’t go through any kind of rigorous scientific scrutiny.
This study estimated the extent of synthetic drug production (methamphetamines, in particular) in Quebec, Canada; assessed its export potential to the U.S. drug market; and explored implications for counter-narcotics policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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