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Felony drug charges have been dropped against a Mankato, Minnesota man who spent months in jail before crime lab tests determined the suspected drugs were actually vitamins.

Field-Tested Drugs Were Vitamins

February 19, 2015 11:25 am | by myfoxphilly.com | News | Comments

Felony drug charges have been dropped against a Mankato, Minnesota man who spent months in jail before crime lab tests determined the suspected drugs were actually vitamins.

Hair Dye Investigation Could Help Solve Crimes

February 18, 2015 1:36 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Criminals with a penchant for dyeing their hair could soon pay for their vanity. Scientists have...

How Wine Smelling Techniques Could Help Solve Crime

February 17, 2015 2:04 pm | by Victoria Moore, The Telegraph | News | Comments

Alison Davidson is a kind of olfactory Sherlock. A quiet but crisp scientist who runs the...

Medication Found in Home of Suspect in 'American Sniper' Trial

February 13, 2015 3:13 pm | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities found marijuana, a nearly empty bottle of whiskey and anti-psychotic medication...

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A new lab wing in South Asheville, North Carolina may be mostly empty now, but the state crime lab director says the space is full of possibilities.

Crime Lab Space Could Reduce State Backlog

February 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by WLOS ABC 13 | News | Comments

A new lab wing in South Asheville, North Carolina may be mostly empty now, but the state crime lab director says the space is full of possibilities.

Illegal drugs including crack cocaine and black-tar heroin, plus opioid painkillers and Suboxone — prescribed to help heroin addicts kick the habit — are routinely available in central Ohio, a state report shows.

Heroin, Crack Easy to Find in Central Ohio

February 11, 2015 2:37 pm | by Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch | News | Comments

Illegal drugs including crack cocaine and black-tar heroin, plus opioid painkillers and Suboxone — prescribed to help heroin addicts kick the habit — are routinely available in central Ohio, a state report shows.

 Scientists have developed a handheld fluorometer that, when combined with a smartphone, allows quick, accurate and inexpensive spectral analysis of suspected illegal drugs by law enforcement officers in the field.

Researchers Develop Handheld System to Identify Illegal Drugs

February 5, 2015 11:39 am | by NIJ | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a handheld fluorometer that, when combined with a smartphone, allows quick, accurate and inexpensive spectral analysis of suspected illegal drugs by law enforcement officers in the field.           

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An Ohio man who sold fake urine and other products meant to help people pass workplace drug tests has pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Pennsylvania.

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Fake Urine for Drug Tests

February 3, 2015 4:36 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio man who sold fake urine and other products meant to help people pass workplace drug tests has pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Pennsylvania.                           

Mexican farmers are feeding a growing addiction in the U.S., where heroin use has spread from back alleys to the cul-de-sacs of suburbia. The heroin trade is a losing prospect for everyone except the Mexican cartels, who have found a new way to make money

Mexican Opium Farmers Expand Plots to Supply US Heroin Boom

February 2, 2015 2:22 pm | by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican farmers are feeding a growing addiction in the U.S., where heroin use has spread from back alleys to the cul-de-sacs of suburbia. The heroin trade is a losing prospect for everyone except the Mexican cartels, who have found a new way to make money in the face of falling cocaine consumption and marijuana legalization in the United States.

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.

Record Number of Exonerations Driven by Texas Drug Cases

January 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.

Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot.

Drug-filled Drone Crashes Near US-Mexico Border

January 22, 2015 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot.                               

FBI agent Matthew Lowry checked out Item 1B4 from the evidence room at the bureau’s Washington field office on an August morning in 2013. He wrote “to lab” on a log sheet to explain why he was taking drugs that had been seized in an undercover operation d

FBI Files Tell How Addicted Agent was Able to Get the Drugs

January 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by Peter Hermann, The Washington Post | News | Comments

FBI agent Matthew Lowry checked out Item 1B4 from the evidence room at the bureau’s Washington field office on an August morning in 2013. He wrote “to lab” on a log sheet to explain why he was taking drugs that had been seized in an undercover operation dubbed Midnight Hustle.

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No DNA or blood evidence has been found to connect a man on trial for murder to the 2012 death of his estranged wife.

Jury Hears DNA, Blood Evidence in Murder Trial

January 16, 2015 12:32 pm | by Lisa Trigg, Tribune Star | News | Comments

No DNA or blood evidence has been found to connect a man on trial for murder to the 2012 death of his estranged wife.                                     

Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, says NJ State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all.

More on NJ's Lethal New Drug Brands

January 13, 2015 11:18 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all. The exact names and quantities of the drugs in these new brands remain confidential because of the ongoing nature of the case, but police are confident that these new drug combinations are “highly potent” and “not typically seen.”

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

NJ State Police Identify Lethal Drug Brands

January 9, 2015 11:47 am | by New Jersey State Police | News | Comments

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.

In China, a Rare Criminal Case in Which Evidence Made a Difference

December 30, 2014 12:57 pm | by William Wan, Washington Post | News | Comments

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.           

Maine Sees Sharp Rise in Costly Meth Lab Busts

December 29, 2014 11:08 am | by Allana Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                     

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Drugs of abuse can be detected in dentin, providing a novel matrix for forensic   toxicology studies. This approach has been examined on a few occasions   previously but the new report from scientists in Germany and Switzerland   emphasized the fact that

Dentin Used for Forensic Drug Detection

December 22, 2014 11:58 am | by Steve Down, spectroscopyNOW.com | News | Comments

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 a

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

December 17, 2014 8:52 am | 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.

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

Cocaine, Amphetamine Users More Likely to Take Their Own Lives

December 16, 2014 3:03 pm | by University of Montréal | News | Comments

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. Whil

Synthetic Marijuana Manufacturer Arrested

December 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Richard Irby, AreaWideNews | News | Comments

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 crimina

Forensic Toxicology Labs Called into Question

December 2, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

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. 

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 has announced that they have signed an arrangement with Kura Biotec™ to distribute their impressive range of enzymes for analytical toxicology.

Chiron to Distribute Kura Biotec Enzymes for Analytical Toxicology

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

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 scienti

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 — 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.

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 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 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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