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Forensics Class at Boys' Latin School Uses Maggots for Criminal Investigation

April 15, 2014 12:25 pm | by The Boys' Latin School of Maryland | News | Comments

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.

The Growing Drug Trade in the Oil Patch

April 15, 2014 11:49 am | by Sharon Cohen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on...

Drug Tampering at Florida Lab Prompts Changes

April 14, 2014 11:19 am | by Melissa Nelson-Gabriel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida prosecutors will drop some drug cases and more closely scrutinize drug evidence after a...

Heroin's Corrosive Effect in New Hampshire

April 7, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeremy Blackman, Concord Monitor | News | Comments

While heroin abuse has plagued the Northeast for decades, it has swelled in recent years as...

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Hand-held Treatment for Overdoses is Approved

April 4, 2014 11:44 am | by Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times | News | Comments

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 Leads Nation in Meth Lab Seizures

April 3, 2014 1:54 pm | by News-Sentinel | News | Comments

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.                 

Synthetic Marijuana Creating Danger for First Responders

April 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Shaley Sanders, KTRE | News | Comments

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.                    


Synthetic Drugs Emerging in Asia

April 1, 2014 1:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.               

Police Warn of 'Fake Weed' Dangers

March 31, 2014 1:02 pm | by Karen Madden, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune | News | Comments

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 Drugs Created Faster than the Law

March 28, 2014 12:14 pm | by Ben Proulx, Fort Saskatchewan Record | News | Comments

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.                 

Fluorescent Sensor Detects GHB

March 28, 2014 11:10 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

A Chemistry team from the National University of Singapore has developed for the first time a fluorescent sensor that detects the presence of GHB.                                

Smoke Shop Owners Arrested in Synthetic Marijuana Crackdown

March 27, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                           


New Black Market Designer Drugs: Why Now?

March 26, 2014 2:47 pm | by Daniel DeNoon, WebMD | News | Comments

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.

Designer Drugs Enter US - Legally

March 25, 2014 12:36 pm | by CBS News | News | Comments

Recreational drugs are being cooked up in labs overseas. Many of these so-called designer drugs are being imported legally in amazing quantities.                             

Testing Synthetic Marijuana's Legality

March 21, 2014 2:35 pm | by Kiran Chawla, FOX8 | News | Comments

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.          

Synthetic Drug Trafficking Operation Detailed in Search Warrants

March 21, 2014 9:42 am | by Regina Zilbermints, Des Moines Register | News | Comments

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.

Police Link Designer Drug to Two Deaths

March 19, 2014 4:11 pm | by Paul Walsh and Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune | News | Comments

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.”


Russian Drug Eyed in Nine North Texas Deaths

March 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by KCENTV | News | Comments

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.                 

Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts in Synthetic Marijuana Case

March 18, 2014 4:14 pm | by Mary Drier, Tuscaloa Today | News | Comments

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.             

Inside the Barely Legal World of Designer Drugs

March 17, 2014 11:15 am | by Rachel Martin, NPR | Podcasts | Comments

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.

Chemist Wins Forensic Science Award

March 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by Maryland Gazette | News | Comments

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.               

North Dakota Synthetic Drug Cases Fell Sharply after 2012

March 3, 2014 11:35 am | by Jenny Michael, The Bismark Tribune | News | Comments

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.

Faster Anthrax Detection Could Save Millions of Dollars, Speed Bioterror Response

February 28, 2014 2:46 pm | by Paige Blankenbuehler, Univ. of Missouri | News | Comments

Scientists have proved a new method for anthrax detection can identify anthrax quicker than any existing approach.                                       

Toxicology Expert Lifts Kerry Kennedy's Defense

February 26, 2014 12:14 pm | by Joseph Berger, The New York Times | News | Comments

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.

Additive Leads to Spate of Heroin Overdose Deaths

February 24, 2014 10:21 am | by John Barry and Ryan Blessing, The Bulletin | News | Comments

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.

Synthetic Drug Testing isn't Easy for Crime Labs

February 14, 2014 2:25 pm | by Elizabeth Erwin, ABC15 | News | Comments

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.

Marijuana Law No Respite for Crime Lab

February 11, 2014 12:26 pm | by Paris Achen, The Columbian | News | Comments

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 Secures US Funding for Drug Screening Technology

February 11, 2014 9:44 am | by Intelligent Fingerprinting | News | Comments

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.             

Drug-overdose Deaths Surging in RI

February 10, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

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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