Toxicology

A bill signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday makes personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs a misdemeanor, not a felony. Oregon joined just a handful of other U.S. states in defelonizing drugs under the new...
by Andrew Selsky, Associated Press
10:15am
8.17.2017
Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database for documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment. The database was developed by criminal justice experts Sean Varano at...
by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press
10:10am
8.15.2017
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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. A drug commission convened by Trump and led by New Jersey Gov. Chris...
by Jill Covin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press
11:13am
8.11.2017
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine presents a correction procedure to refine opioid and heroin fatality data, which results in significant shifts in state-by-state mortality rates. This truer picture helps to remove an...
by Elsevier
9:24am
8.7.2017
The shooting of two California deputies responding to a disturbance at a Rastafarian marijuana farm has drawn attention to religious use of the drug, sparking debate over whether churches should be protected from drug prosecutions.
by Kathleen Ronayne and Paul Elias, Associated Press
8:55am
8.3.2017
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The White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has asked President Donald Trump to “declare a national emergency” to help fight the deadly opioid epidemic.
by ABC News
10:48am
8.1.2017
Despite being saddled with many factors associated with drug and alcohol problems, undocumented immigrants are not increasing the prevalence of drug and alcohol crimes and deaths in the United States, according to a new study published in the...
by University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:32am
8.1.2017
Chicago now gives at-risk inmates the overdose-reversing drug naloxone upon their release from jail and Los Angeles is poised to follow suit, putting the antidote in as many hands as possible as part of a multifaceted approach to combatting the...
by Don Babwin, Associated Press
10:58am
7.31.2017
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Despite the increasingly legal use of cannabis in many states, cops still don't have the equivalent of a reliable alcohol breathalyzer or blood test—a chemically based way of estimating what the drug is doing in the brain.
by Rae Ellen Bichell, NPR
10:30am
7.31.2017
Authorities from Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services are urging heroin users and other opioid addicts, and their loved ones, to seek immediate treatment—or begin carrying the overdose reversal medication naloxone—after a string of...
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12:41pm
7.26.2017
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A recent study found that among adult patients who came to the emergency room after being revived from a heroin overdose, nearly all had fentanyl in their urine. When asked, roughly half of the patients did not know they had taken fentanyl.
by Susan Spencer, Telegram & Gazette
10:03am
7.21.2017
A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities say. But how he came into contact with the powerful painkiller is...
by Jennifer Kay and Curt Anderson, Associated Press
8:58am
7.19.2017
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They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up...
by Michael Casey, Associated Press
11:18am
7.17.2017
Years of sustained and coordinated efforts will be required to contain and reverse the harmful societal effects of the prescription and illicit opioid epidemics, which are intertwined and getting worse, says a new FDA-requested report from the...
by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
12:50pm
7.14.2017
A former University of Pittsburgh neuroresearcher convicted of first-degree murder for killing his neurologist wife with cyanide believes he deserves a new trial. At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Robert Ferrante, 68, ordered cyanide...
by Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
12:17pm
7.13.2017
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An inquiry will be held into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. A spokesman for May said the inquiry would establish the causes of the "appalling injustice" that took...
by BBC News
12:09pm
7.11.2017
Johns Hopkins scientists report that data collected over five years by volunteers who tested pills free of charge at music festivals and raves across the United States suggest that at least some recreational users of illegal drugs may choose not to...
by John Hopkins Medicine
11:49am
7.11.2017
Every day, about 90 Americans die from opioid overdoses. Neither science nor politics can keep up. But, a team of Stanford neuroscientists say that wouldn’t be the case if policies were guided more by science and less by other influences.
8:50am
7.10.2017
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Testing a person’s breath for marijuana-derived compounds is far more complicated than testing for alcohol. But scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have taken an important step toward that goal by measuring a...
by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
9:47am
7.7.2017
Exposure to lead in the preschool years significantly increases the chance that children will be suspended or incarcerated during their school careers, researchers say in a recent study. Conversely, a drop in exposure leads to less antisocial...
by Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
11:35am
6.29.2017
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In a controversial proposal, Middletown is considering whether people with addiction should only be given two strikes before they're out of chances to receive the overdose antidote Narcan.
by Megan Mitchell, WLWT5
11:17am
6.27.2017
The co-owner of a pharmacy responsible for the deaths of 76 people was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison after he tearfully apologized to victims who described watching their loved ones die or enduring excruciating physical pain from a 2012...
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
11:06am
6.27.2017
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Five people, including the head of Michigan's health department, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires' disease.
by David Eggert, Associated Press
10:48am
6.15.2017
At least a dozen people were hospitalized over 48 hours in central and south Georgia after swallowing an unidentified street drug, according to state and hospital officials. Four deaths have been linked to the overdose cluster, but officials are...
by Michael Nedelman, CNN
9:53am
6.9.2017
In a study published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemistry of Materials, scientists report that they have developed a way to adhere a lightweight coating onto fabrics that is capable of neutralizing a subclass of weaponized toxins that...
by American Chemical Society
10:28am
6.8.2017
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Police dogs simply follow their noses to sniff out narcotics. But inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses...
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
10:49am
6.1.2017
A Texas nurse who's been serving a 99-year prison sentence for the fatal overdose of an infant in her care was indicted Thursday in the death of another infant. Genene Jones is accused of killing 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer at a San Antonio hospital...
by Associated Press
12:27pm
5.26.2017
Scientists at Sam Houston State University have completed one of the most thorough looks into the nitty-gritty workings of the illicit drugs known as "bath salts"—and the work netted a doctoral student a major award for her part on the project.
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12:34pm
5.24.2017
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Researchers have demonstrated new screening techniques that can help prevent accidental exposure to synthetic opioids. A new paper published in Forensic Chemistry reports on two technologies that can detect trace amounts of fentanyl even when mixed...
by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
12:39pm
5.9.2017
It's being called "gray death"—a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder.
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press
12:55pm
5.4.2017
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Illegal marijuana use has risen faster in states that have approved medical marijuana than in states that have not, according to a study published Wednesday. The study claims an additional 1.1 million adult illicit marijuana users may be...
1:05pm
4.27.2017
An Ohio man who sold heroin laced with an elephant tranquilizer that caused more than two dozen overdoses in West Virginia was sentenced to over 18 years in federal prison Monday. Bruce Griggs sold the heroin mixture that sickened 28 people on Aug....
by John Raby, Associated Press
9:41am
4.18.2017
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At the end of April, physicians who set policy for the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) will vote on a recommendation that the group advocate for a supervised injection facility (SIF) pilot program in Massachusetts. If approved, the MMS says it...
by Martha Bebinger, WBUR
11:20am
4.6.2017
In the last decade hundreds of new psychoactive substances have emerged in the drug market, taking advantage of the delay between their introduction and their legal ban. A new study employed hair testing to track the prevalence of these substances.
by New York University
11:36am
4.3.2017
A U.S. District Court judge this week excluded a expert witness for the prosecution in the trial of Raymond Moya—charged with a rarely pursued crime of heroin distribution resulting in death—due to a mistake by the prosecutors. The excluded witness...
by Ryan Boetel, Albuquerque Journal
12:34pm
3.31.2017
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A prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that Rachel Kinsella put her 9-year-old son at “death’s door” by poisoning him for almost a year. Kinsella’s defense lawyer says the mere presence of medication in the boy’s blood does not prove she poisoned him.
by Joel Currier, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
8:59am
3.23.2017
A Russian whistleblower who had uncovered claims of large-scale corruption had traces of a poisonous plant in his stomach lining, an inquest has heard. Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, had been out jogging near his home in England when he collapsed and...
by Fiona Keating, International Business Times
10:31am
3.14.2017
Experts routinely tasked with finding answers in poisoning cases say the events of Kim Jong Nam's apparent assassination are bizarre, but not impossible. They wonder: What substance could have been used to kill the victim so quickly without...
by Margie Mason, Associated Press Medical Writer
9:08am
2.21.2017
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Americans are killing themselves at an alarming rate, new research finds. Nationwide, the mortality rate from drug poisoning, alcohol poisoning and suicide increased by 52 percent between 2000 and 2014.
by Shannon Monnat, University of New Hampshire
11:45am
2.1.2017
As drug enforcement authorities sound alarms over the effects and accessibility of synthetic drugs, courts are struggling for consistency in dealing with substances that are developing faster than the laws to govern them.
by Eric Tucker and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
10:55am
1.24.2017
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