Toxicology

President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday aimed at giving Customs and Border Protection agents additional screening devices and other tools to stop the flow of illicit drugs.
by Associated Press
12:18pm
1.11.2018
Jeff Sessions’ rollback of the Cole memo last week left a lot of citizens, business owners and investors confused and anxious. Even more than that, it sparked a conversation about states’ rights—or lack thereof.
11:01am
1.8.2018
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Attorney General Marty Jackley unveiled his priorities Wednesday for the upcoming 2018 legislative session, asking South Dakota lawmakers to impose harsher penalties for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing.
by Associated Press
11:35am
1.4.2018
A nationwide group of federal law enforcement officials, armed with new access to a broader array of prescription drug databases, Medicaid and Medicare figures, coroners’ records and other numbers compiled by the Justice Department, aim to stop...
by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
12:20pm
1.3.2018
Deputies confiscated 60 pounds of marijuana Tuesday from an elderly couple, who told investigators the large stash was intended to be divided up and given away as Christmas presents, reports say.
by Cliff Pinckard, Cleveland.com
12:24pm
12.22.2017
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The divide over naloxone, the popular overdose antidote, between nearby sheriffs in two hard-hit counties in one of the hardest-hit states for drug deaths shows just how elusive solutions are on the front lines of the U.S. opioid crisis.
by Dan Sewell, Associated Press
11:46am
12.18.2017
A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that under 5 percent of those referred for opioid treatment from the criminal justice system were directed to medication-assisted programs to treat their...
by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
11:44am
12.5.2017
Law enforcement officials said members of Guatemala’s Ipala Cartel, a drug trafficking organization named for the city where it is based, shipped large amounts of heroin into the United States, hiding drugs in food, primarily sugar wafers, brownies...
by Ron Nixon, The New York Times
11:35am
12.5.2017
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The potency of certain opioid painkillers has Massachusetts’ judiciary considering whether to ban the substances from being brought into courtrooms as evidence—a move some experts say is driven by a misunderstanding of the real dangers.
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
10:20am
12.4.2017
The Drug Enforcement Agency probably didn’t envision help for the heroin crisis coming from the department of marine and atmospheric sciences at a Florida university, but that’s exactly how it played out earlier this fall when researchers there...
11:51am
12.1.2017
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An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge. Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony Powell shared a long kiss at the end of a visit last...
by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press
11:09am
11.22.2017
Idaho State Police says the number of substances testing positive for heroin at the forensic services lab has increased by nearly a thousand percent over the last five years. It's created a staggering caseload that's starting to take a toll.
by Dean Johnson, KTVB
11:22am
11.15.2017
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A nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders may have killed more than 100 patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Thursday.
by Geir Moulson, Associated Press
12:37pm
11.9.2017
Sweeping changes in Massachusetts’ criminal justice laws proposed Monday by House leaders would toughen penalties for habitual drunken drivers and those who traffic in deadly synthetic opioids, but also eliminate some mandatory minimum sentences and...
by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press
1:01pm
11.7.2017
Wildlife sleuths used forensic science to determine what was killing bald eagles along the Upper Mississippi River corridor. Laboratory tests showed that nearly two-thirds of the 58 eagles examined had lead concentrations and more than one-third had...
by Ed Britton, Clinton Herald
11:30am
10.30.2017
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A former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher deserves a new trial in the death of his wife because her donated liver suggests she wasn’t poisoned with cyanide as prosecutors contend, his attorney argued Wednesday.
by Associated Press
12:32pm
10.26.2017
North Korea, currently engaged in a kind of nuclear standoff with the international community, could weaponize germs such as anthrax and smallpox just days into a military conflict, according to a new report published by experts at the Belfer Center...
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11:08am
10.25.2017
A research team at Sam Houston State University received a $311,000 National Institute of Justice grant to develop a new laboratory test for synthetic opioids and heroin using saliva and to investigate the prevalence of these drugs among prisoners...
by Sam Houston State University
1:08pm
10.24.2017
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While the breakneck upswing in opioid abuse has leveled off, it remains disturbingly high and does not appear to continue its decline, according to an analysis of national data presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting.
by American Society of Anesthesiologists
11:27am
10.24.2017
Two Chinese nationals have been indicted on charges they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the United States, killing at least four people and seriously injuring five others, Justice Department...
by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
12:03pm
10.18.2017
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Orlando police noticed some crystals on the floorboard of the car 64-year-old Daniel Rushing during a search, and when they used a field testing kit, the white substance tested positive for methamphetamine. Rushing told the officers the substance...
by Laurel Wamsley, NPR
1:46pm
10.17.2017
A Greensburg, Pennsylvania man allegedly had an 8-year-old boy twice provide him with urine so he could pass a drug test, according to child endangerment allegations filed Wednesday.
by Renatta Signorini, TribLIVE
11:33am
10.13.2017
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A Malaysian government pathologist testified Tuesday at the trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader that the banned VX nerve agent caused his death.
by Eileen Ng, Associated Press
11:39am
10.3.2017
Scientists from the University of Surrey have developed a rapid and highly sensitive fingerprint test that can take just seconds to confirm whether someone has used cocaine. This new breakthrough, published in Clinical Chemistry, comes as a result...
by University of Surrey
11:04am
9.25.2017
Thanks to the nation’s out-of-control opioid epidemic, New Hampshire's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner can’t completely autopsy every body anymore. It’s been getting too many.
by Carter Sherman, Vice News
12:25pm
9.22.2017
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Alcohol is a major driver in American homicide. In about half of all U.S. homicides, either victim or perpetrator (or both) are under the influence at the time of the fatal act. Taxing, regulating and restricting alcohol reduces its incidence in...
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12:14pm
9.22.2017
The severity of potential negative health outcomes in electronic dance music (EDM) party environments makes data on both known and unknown drug use critical to further prevention and harm reduction efforts. Conclusions of a new NYU study confirm EDM...
by New York University
12:32pm
9.14.2017
A promising project between the Department of Homeland Security and a Silicon Valley company called NVS Technologies was abruptly halted in February 2014—six months before NVS engineers were due to deliver prototypes of a device that would swiftly...
by David William, Los Angeles Times
11:55am
9.11.2017
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Biological tests of blood and urine typically detect doping in only 1-3 percent of competitors at elite international competitions. However, a new study suggests that the true rate of doping is far greater, because cutting-edge doping schemes seem...
by Springer Nature
11:08am
8.31.2017
A nurse who was convicted of killing patients in Germany with overdoses of heart medication is now believed to have killed at least 86 people—and the true scale of the killings could be even larger, investigators said Monday.
by Geir Moulson, Associated Press
9:54am
8.28.2017
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Tens of thousands of drunken driving cases could be thrown out across the state because officials withheld damning information about its flawed breath tests, according to defense attorneys who are asking a judge to “impose significant sanctions...
by Bob McGovern, Boston Herald
12:36pm
8.24.2017
Researchers have determined that household cleaner OxiClean has proven scientifically to be effective in cleaning up fentanyl spills. The product contains sodium percarbonate, a chemical which, in previous research, had been shown to oxidize and...
by Ohio Attorney General
11:20am
8.18.2017
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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
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
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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
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
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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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