Toxicology

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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Researchers at wastewater treatment plants are testing for psychoactive substances passed by drug users through their feces and urine. The data can let scientists and law enforcement quickly track drug use trends and identify new substances on the...
by Troy Farah, VICE/Motherboard
9:24am
1.24.2017
Texas filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the FDA after the agency impounded a shipment of a lethal injection drug in July 2015, and has failed to make a move since.
11:36am
1.5.2017
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Maine governor Paul LePage took to the airwaves of Thursday and announced he is giving up on a site for a new forensic hospital that was planned next to the state’s Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.
by Mal Leary, Maine Public Radio
9:38am
12.23.2016
It’s pretty easy to single out a driver that is driving under the influence of alcohol. But how do you spot a driver who is driving “high,” or under the influence of marijuana? And furthermore, how do you prove it?
12:30pm
12.21.2016
Cocaine is a tricky drug to test for. But a new compact mass spectrometer can accurately detect levels of cocaine and even metabolites within urine and saliva, according to a new paper by researchers at the University of Surrey.
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1:00pm
11.21.2016
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