Forensic Toxicology

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An epidemic driven by despair - the opioid crisis

America is in the grip of a public health crisis.<p>Life expectancy in the United States has fallen for two years in a row because of the misuse of …

Opioids

A Brief History of Opioids

Pain, Opioids and Medicinal Use<p>From history’s earliest civilizations to today, societies have been faced with balancing the medicinal properties of opioids in treating pain with the euphoric effects that have induced its misuse—and abuse.<p>References<p>Brownstein, MJ. A brief history of opiates, opioid …

Genealogy

2-Minute Neuroscience: Effects of Cocaine

Teens and Spice: A Review of Adolescent Fatalities Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoid Use.

2017 Dec 1. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.13704. [Epub ahead of print]<p>Paul ABM1,2,3, Simms L1, Amini S2, Paul AE1.<p>1Office of the Medical Examiner, Clark …

University of Oxford

Only 86 teens ate Tide Pods, so why did the world erupt in moral panic?

The collective frenzy around the Tide Pod Challenge reveals more about our society than the tens of teens who actually ate laundry detergent.<p>In Tommy …

Viral

Prescription drug pregabalin linked to death rise

<b>Deaths linked to a drug readily prescribed on the NHS have increased dramatically after claims it has flooded the black market.</b><p>Pregabalin, used to treat pain, anxiety and epilepsy, is being sold illegally to addicts and taken with other drugs such as heroin, leading to overdoses.<p>BBC News meets …

Plymouth

Teen Nearly Dies After Taking Part In 'Tide Pod Challenge'

<b>It barely takes a genius to tell you that the whole ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ trend is as baffling as it is stupid.</b><p>The whole thing started back in 2014 …

High-speed Rail

Tom Petty died from of accidental drug overdose, family says

Los Angeles coroner’s office attributed Petty’s death to a ‘mixed toxicity’ overdose of seven medications<p>US singer Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose, his family said.<p>Dana and Adria Petty, his wife and daughter, shared the results of an autopsy which revealed the death was a result of …

Tom Petty

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family reveals

Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose, it has been revealed.<p>His family has stated that the musician was suffering from "many serious …

The irrationality of modern drug laws, in one chart

The treaties and laws governing how drugs are regulated by nations were, for the most part, written a half-century or more ago. And while the science surrounding drugs and drug use has advanced rapidly over that time, the laws have barely evolved.<p>As a result, there is little correlation between the …

Cannabis

How Opioids Kill

One evening this past fall a patient stumbled into the emergency room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “I don’t feel so…” she muttered, …

Ricin Poisoning

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'It's all fentanyl': opioid crisis takes shape in Philadelphia as overdoses surge

Nationally, over the past three years, fentanyl-related deaths have increased by 540%, and the epidemic is felt acutely in Philadelphia’s Kensington area<p>A young woman lies unconscious, propped against the wall of a drug detox center in Kensington, Philadelphia.<p>“She’s wasn’t breathing,” says …

Take-home message: improve naloxone supply

People may be dying from opiate overdose partly because of chronically inadequate provision of take-home naloxone in England, the drugs charity …

Medical Journals
Opioid Crisis

Cardiovascular Complications of Marijuana and Related Substances: A Review.

2017 Dec 7. doi: 10.1007/s40119-017-0102-x. [Epub ahead of print]<p>1Department of Cardiology, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, …

Image(s) of the day: polarizable perivascular material in lungs of decedent with extensive history of IV drug abuse. COD: complications of chronic substance abuse. #forensic #pathology #IVDA #histology #PathArt https://t.co/FdySChfxoj

Dutch Autopsy Shows Dead War Criminal Had Cyanide in System

A former Croatian general who died after swallowing a liquid at a war crimes hearing in the Netherlands had cyanide in his system, Dutch prosecutors …

Criminal Justice

Newspaper owner poisoned with potentially lethal toxins

A co-owner of the Today’s News-Herald was poisoned with what could have been lethal doses of thallium and other chemicals, according to leading …

Medicine

Bosnian Croat war criminal dies after taking poison in UN courtroom

Former commander Slobodan Praljak drank from bottle moments after judges upheld 20-year sentence in The Hague<p>A former Bosnian Croat general has died after drinking a phial of poison while standing in the dock at a UN tribunal in The Hague, where his war crimes sentence of 20 years was …

Are drunk tanks the answer to UK’s problem of intoxicated revellers?

As the festive season gets underway, and the number of revellers in our town and city centres rises sharply, researchers at Cardiff and Sheffield …

Street drugs in Wales more 'toxic and potent' warning

Illegal drugs being sold in Wales are more toxic, potent and harmful to users than ever warns a report out today by Public Health Wales.<p>Tests on …

Devon

Profiles of pregabalin and gabapentin abuse by postmortem toxicology.

2014 Aug;241:1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2014.04.028. Epub 2014 May 5.<p>1Hjelt Institute, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki, …

Neuroscience

Gabapentin, opioids, and the risk of opioid-related death: A population-based nested case-control study. - PubMed

BACKGROUND:<p>Prescription opioid use is highly associated with risk of opioid-related death, with 1 of every 550 chronic opioid users dying within …

PubMed

Statisticians question evidence used to convict nurse of murdering patients

Experts concerned that ‘extreme rarity’ of respiratory arrests, claimed by witnesses at 2006 trial of Ben Geen, was made without required analysis<p>Four eminent statisticians have raised concerns about the quality of evidence used to convict a nurse of murdering two patients and poisoning 15 …

Why opioids are such an American problem

<b>When it comes to taking opioids, the United States has the dubious honour of leading the world.</b><p>For every one million Americans, almost 50,000 doses of opioids are taken every day. That's four times the rate in the UK.<p>There are often good reasons for taking opioids. Cancer patients use them for pain …

Medical Journals

Trump is at risk of blowing it on opioids, a member of his own commission warns

As early as this week, President Trump is set to declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency.” Trump telegraphed this when he recently told reporters that he would soon have a “major announcement” on the “massive opioid problem,” and people inside the White House are now leaking word that this …

Chris Christie