Forensic Toxicology

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Inquiry into opiate deaths to hear from pill-testing experts

The effectiveness of pill-testing at music festivals will be examined to see if it can help to prevent opiates deaths in New South Wales.<p>A special coronial inquest examining the deaths of six people from opiate-related overdoses in May 2016 began in Sydney on Monday. The inquest, before deputy …

Biomedicine

Pill for nerve pain ensnared in drug epidemic

WASHINGTON — The story line sounds familiar: a popular pain drug becomes a new way to get high as prescribing by doctors soars.<p>But the latest drug …

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Death by the sea: how drug abuse is scarring Britain’s coastal towns

When [dealers] are prepared to travel a 600-mile round trip, you can see there's a thriving market DCI Nick Coughlan<p>In Barrow, Thirsty Thursday wasn’t as billed. Traditionally it’s the night when the thousands of employees working in the town’s cavernous warehouses where the next generation of …

BAE Systems

What happens when a person is poisoned by a nerve agent? - Breakfast - ABC Radio

In the wake of the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Sailsbury, England earlier this month, David Ranson, forensic …

Attacks in UK and Syria highlight growing need for chemical-forensics expertise

NEWS<p>Nations seek to better address future chemical-weapons threats.<p>Declan Butler<p>Search for this author in:<p>Pub Med<br>• Nature.com<br>• Google Scholar<p>Share on …

World Health Organization says it is deeply alarmed by evidence of gas attack on rebel-held town outside Syrian capital<p>An estimated 500 people went to Syrian health facilities with “signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals” after the attack on the rebel-held town of Douma at …

Middle East

Alexander Perepilichnyy: No plant toxin found in system

<b>No plant toxins were found in a Russian businessman who it was claimed may have been poisoned, a coroner has heard.</b><p>Alexander Perepilichnyy's inquest also heard conflicting reports about whether he "feared for his life" before his sudden death in November 2012.<p>The businessman, who was a …

Homemade alcohol containing mosquito repellent kills more than 50 people in Indonesia

More than 50 Indonesians have died and many more have received hospital treatment after consuming homemade alcohol tainted with various ingredients …

Alcohol

Opioids kill. Here’s how an overdose shuts down your body

Powerful opioids affect many parts of the body, but the drugs’ most deadly effects are on breathing.

A Retrospective Study on the Epidemiological and Clinical Features of Emergency Patients with Large or Massive Consumption of Caffeinated Supplemen... - PubMed

2018 Mar 9. doi: 10.2169/internalmedicine.0333-17. [Epub ahead of print]<p>A Retrospective Study on the Epidemiological and Clinical Features of …

Omissions On Death Certificates Lead To Undercounting Of Opioid Overdoses

In a refrigerator in the coroner's office in Marion County, Ind., rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye.<p>In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators.<p>"We send that off to a toxicology lab to be tested for …

What are Novichok nerve agents and did Russia do it?

The poison used to target ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury was a Novichok nerve agent, UK prime minister Theresa May …

Nerve Agents

Impurities found in nerve agent may be key to identifying where it was made – if experts can locate a pure sample<p>Forensic experts will be looking for traces of nerve agent on the clothes of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, and in the area where the two were attacked, in an effort to track …

Nerve Agents

From spy novels to Skripal: the myth of the untraceable poison

The news of the apparent poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia produced a lot of speculation over what might have made two people very ill so suddenly. All sorts of wild theories can emerge in situations like this where so little information is known for certain.<p>Identifying poisonous …

Nerve Agents

Russian spy: What are nerve agents and what do they do?

<b>Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia, known as Novichok, Theresa May has told MPs.</b><p>The former Russian spy and his daughter are critically ill after their attempted murder in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 4 March. A police …

How do nerve agents work? The science behind 'some of the most dangerous things that humans have ever made'

The revelation that the major incident in Salisbury was the result of a nerve agent not only complicates the investigation and potential diplomatic …

Nerve Agents

Poison in the System

When a financier dropped dead in Britain shortly after exposing a vast Russian crime, police said it was not suspicious. But with his inquest now underway, BuzzFeed News has uncovered explosive evidence of a suspected Kremlin assassination plot – and a secret assignation in Paris on the eve of his …

Pitfalls in forensic toxicology. - PubMed

PubMed

Russian spy: How do you find out whether poisoning has occurred?

<b>A Russian man convicted of spying for Britain and his daughter are critically ill after apparently being exposed to a mystery substance in Wiltshire.</b><p>The incident has drawn comparisons to the case of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London after being poisoned by a radioactive …

INTRODUCTION

<b>AUTHOR(S):</b><p>James R. Gill is a Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner and Clinical Associate Professor of …

The suspect stole the victim’s passport, cash and other property after trying to make it look like a suicide attempt, authorities said<p>A Russian woman was charged with poisoning her lookalike with a tranquilizer-laced cheesecake and then stealing her passport, cash and other property after trying to …

Crime

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 …

Welsh Government

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>Published: January 7, 2015<p>References<p>Brownstein, MJ. A brief …

Prosthetics

2-Minute Neuroscience: Effects of Cocaine

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …