Forensic Toxicology

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What you need to know about K2, aka ‘cannabis on acid’

It’s illegal, it’s up to 100 times more toxic than its natural counterpart, and most importantly, it’s not cannabis. But it’s still getting …

Cannabis

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Legal status<p>CA: Schedule II<br>• DE: Anlage II (Authorized trade only, not prescriptible)<br>• Illegal in Sweden and Louisiana<p>Identifiers<p>IUPAC name<p>methyl …

Spice Nation: Harrowing pictures show zombie-like synthetic drug users slumped on floor and passed out in the street in one UK market town

Britain's spice crisis is reaching 'epidemic' levels, it is claimed, as pressure mounts on police and paramedics to clear the streets of 'zombies' …

Emergency Medicine

Thankfully not something we see every day. Submassive hepatic necrosis due to acetaminophen. #GIPath #pathology #pathboards (perivascular zone 3 hepatocyte necrosis!) https://t.co/UuI4aotH68

'Fit-as-a-fiddle' dad died in hotel room because he didn't know carbon monoxide was killing him

Fred Jackson gave the impression of being a fit-as-a-fiddle type of man.<p>In his daughter's words, he was 'immune to health complaints', and hadn't …

Carbon Monoxide

Hong Kong doctor 'killed wife and daughter using gas-filled yoga ball'

<b>An anaesthetist killed his wife and 16-year-old daughter using a yoga ball filled with carbon monoxide, a Hong Kong court has heard.</b><p>Prosecutors said Khaw Kim-sun left the inflatable ball in the boot of a car where the gas leaked out and killed them.<p>The pair were found dead inside a locked car in …

Hong Kong

The 'Russian roulette' drug tearing apart homeless lives

<b>A highly potent strain of the illegal drug Spice is said to have returned to Manchester, and to be causing devastation and even deaths among the city's homeless community.</b><p>"Just one pull, and I was out for five hours. I couldn't get myself back together. It was very scary," explains one rough …

England

Synthetic Spice: the science behind the drug

In recent weeks we have seen headlines in the media like ‘Spice zombies on our streets’ and ‘Manchester police attend 58 spice-linked incidents in …

Fatal Poisonings Associated with New Psychoactive Substances.

2018 Aug 14. doi: 10.1007/164_2018_110. [Epub ahead of print]<p>1Department of Forensic Genetics and Forensic Toxicology, National Board of Forensic …

The drug that makes people jump off buildings

<b>It has led people to jump off buildings, bite others and run into people's homes. Now police say it is only a matter of time before someone dies as the result of "monkey dust" - a synthetic drug rising in popularity in the West Midlands.</b><p>"At night time I won't go out, because that's when the people …

Monkey Dust drug use 'an epidemic', emergency workers warn

<b>Use of a drug which can put users in a violent, paranoid state with "superhuman strength" is at epidemic levels, emergency workers have warned.</b><p>Dubbed Monkey Dust, the "highly unpredictable" substance has caused people to jump off buildings and run into traffic, police said.<p>Stoke-on-Trent, resembled …

What is monkey dust? Why is it harmful? And what does it do?

Reports of monkey dust and its usage are on the rise in the UK, with police forces in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire describing it as an …

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Legal status<p>UK: Class B<br>• Illegal in Japan and Hungary<p>Identifiers<p>IUPAC name<p>1-(2<i>H</i>-1,3-Benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)hexan-1-one<p>CAS …

Record level of drug deaths in England and Wales – latest official figures

For the fifth year in a row, the number of drug-related deaths reported in England and Wales has risen to record levels, according to the latest …

Synthetic and Non-synthetic Cannabinoid Drugs and Their Adverse Effects-A Review From Public Health Prospective.

2018 Jun 7;6:162. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00162. eCollection 2018.<p>1Behavioral Science, Ariel University, Science Park, Ariel, Israel.<p>Abstract<p>There is …

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 …

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 …

Medicine

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

Seaside communities have the highest rates of heroin deaths in England – and Barrow-in-Furness is one of the hardest hit ‘brown towns’. What are the causes – and is there a solution?<p>In Barrow, Thirsty Thursday wasn’t as billed. Traditionally it’s the night when the thousands of employees working in …

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

Nations seek to better address future chemical-weapons threats.<p>As investigations continue into the attempted assassination of a former Russian double …

Syria: 500 Douma patients had chemical attack symptoms, reports say

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 …

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 …

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 …

Experts hunt for traces of nerve agent in bid to track Skripals' attacker

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 …