Forensic Toxicology

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Hazing deaths on American college campuses remain far too common

ON SEPTEMBER 13th Maxwell Gruver, an 18-year-old student at Louisiana State University (LSU), was invited to the house of Phi Delta Theta, a …

Economics

Calcium Oxalate Crystals in Ethylene Glycol Toxicity

An 80-year-old man with a remote history of alcohol-use disorder presented to the emergency department with altered mental status after a fall at …

Medical Journals

Electrolyte Disturbances in Patients with Chronic Alcohol-Use Disorder

Electrolyte disturbances are common occurrences in patients with chronic alcohol-use disorder, and the quantity and duration of a given patient’s …

Medical Journals

Saving lives after heroin overdose

Heroin

Ethylene Glycol Poisoning

Pregabalin, known as 'new valium', to be made class C drug after deaths

Prescription drug is handed out too readily and used recreationally, say doctors, with 111 deaths linked to it last year<p>A prescription drug described as the “new valium” is to be classified as a class C controlled substance after it was linked to a growing number of UK deaths.<p>Pregabalin – a …

Addiction

Drugs and the law: Legal highs

Episode 1 of The Detectives focuses on Operation Romford; the investigation into the death of Daniel Smith, who was part of the community of homeless …

Cannabis

Trends in Deaths Involving Heroin and Synthetic Opioids Excluding ...

Julie K. O’Donnell, PhD1; R. Matthew Gladden, PhD1; Puja Seth, PhD1 (View author affiliations)<p>Opioid overdose deaths quadrupled from 8,050 in 1999 to …

Kidney: DIC d/t rhabdomyolysis d/t hyperthermia from methamphetamine tox. Acute kidney injury, fibrin thrombi, granular casts #renalpath https://t.co/zy64yIfwwi

Liver, acute methamphetamine intoxication in setting of hyperthermia: vacuolization, microvesicular lipid, cytoplasmic clearing. #LiverPath https://t.co/Qez3giqDI8

Hepatic toxicity methanol ingestion: micro-, macro-vesicular steatosis, hep cholestasis, focal necrosis, ballooning #LiverPath #Forensics https://t.co/sIwRcoGq5i

Toxic ATN d/t methanol ingestion: affects proximal conv tubules > distal conv tubules. Reversible if pt survives. #RenalPath #forensicpath https://t.co/JTCGt3yIuA

Acute gastric injury d/t methanol: coagulative necrosis of mucosa, intact muscularis propria, preserved gland contours. #GIpath #forensics https://t.co/ym9cbQ6HzB

I’ve quit drinking, and I’m happy to talk about it—but Britain still doesn’t want to

<b>ILLUSTRATIONS BY TIM MCDONAGH</b>Hi, my name’s Nick and I’m <i>not</i> an alcoholic. At least not anymore. For most of my life, I have been what the British …

Substance Abuse

New on the streets: Gabapentin, a drug for nerve pain, and a new target of abuse

ATHENS, Ohio — On April 5, Ciera Smith sat in a car parked on the gravel driveway of the Rural Women’s Recovery Program here with a choice to make: …

Pain

Naloxone

<b>New! Try our brief online lesson on how to administer naloxone.</b><p>NEW!<p><b>General Information about the BC Take Home Naloxone Program</b><p><b>NEW! A History of the</b> …

Addiction

Fentanyl can be deadly: Be drug smart in Vancouver

<b>Fentanyl might be hiding in illicit drugs; you won’t see it, smell it, or taste it, but it could kill you.</b> A recent increase in deaths from fentanyl …

Know Your Source?

Fentanyl may be hiding in the drugs you’re using.<br>You won’t see it, smell it or taste it, but it can kill you.<p>BE DRUG SMART. Don’t use alone. Start …

National Crime Agency says 60 people have died in the UK this year from taking painkiller Fentanyl

The National Crime Agency has said 60 people in the UK have died after taking the painkiller fentanyl.<p>It said post mortem toxicology results showed …

National study highlights hidden causes of methamphetamine-related death | NDARC - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

The number of methamphetamine-related deaths in Australia doubled between 2009 and 2015 with heart disease and violent suicide identified as …

Man nearly dies after eating cherry stones

A father-of-three from Blackpool was rushed to hospital after consuming three cherry stones - unaware that they contained cyanide.<p>Matthew Creme, 28, …

Tasty Morsels of EM 087 – #FRCEM Potential Terrorism Agents

I’m entering a few months prep for the UK and Ireland exit exam in Emergency Medicine: the FRCEM. I’ll be adding lots of little notes on pearls I’ve …

Emergency Medicine

Tasty Morsels of EM 080 – FRCEM Organophosphate Poisoning

I’m entering a few months prep for the UK and Ireland exit exam in Emergency Medicine: the FRCEM. I’ll be adding lots of little notes on pearls I’ve …

‘Five friends go out and take ecstasy, one doesn’t come home’: the rise of super-strength pills

Why are ecstasy deaths at their highest level in a decade?<p>In a small, square garden behind a terraced house in Liverpool, Michelle Shevlin is showing me the tattoo she got soon after her only daughter died. “It already had the ‘Stephanie’,” she says, pointing to the name etched across her wrist. …

United Kingdom

Polonium-210 poisoning: a first-hand account. - PubMed

BACKGROUND:<p>Polonium-210 ((210)Po) gained widespread notoriety after the poisoning and subsequent death of Mr Alexander Litvinenko in London, UK, in …

Medicine

The nature and the occurrence of birefringent material in different organs in fatal drug addiction.

1987 May-Jun;34(1-2):53-62.<p>Abstract<p>Insoluble birefringent tablet filler materials commonly found in tablets used in solution by drug addicts as …

Medicine

Europäischer Drogenbericht 2017: Trends und Entwicklungen

Der Bericht „Trends und Entwicklungen” gibt einen Überblick über die Drogenproblematik in Europa, der die Drogenversorgung, den Drogenkonsum, die …

Ben Jennings on the Tories' recent highs and lows – cartoon

Cartoons