Forensic Toxicology

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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 recent Tory media adventures – cartoon

Cartoons

A Basic, Practical Approach to Toxicology

A 16-year-old girl is found in her bedroom unresponsive by her mother. The patient had texted her friends earlier in the day, telling them that she …

Breakups

How the U.S. Opioid Epidemic is Straining Forensic Pathologists

Opioid Epidemic

As drug deaths rise, St. Louis County may use portable morgue meant for disasters

<b>BERKELEY •</b> The day the compressor went out on the morgue cooler, workers for the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office scrambled to move more …

St. Louis

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This is America on drugs: A visual guide

In modern history, few things have caused such a sharp spike in US deaths as drug overdoses.<p>CNN reached out to every state for the latest statistics on drug deaths, with half providing data from 2015. It found that drugs deaths continue to rise rapidly in many states.<p>FATAL ADDICTIONS<p>Epidemiologists …

Addiction

Periodic graphics: The opioid epidemic | June 12, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 24 | Chemical & Engineering News

References used to create this graphic:<p>To see more of Brunning’s work, go to compoundchem.com. To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit …

Legal highs: Calls about spice to addiction helpline ‘increased by 25%’ since ban

The Government’s ban on legal highs has “not made a blind bit of difference” and calls about spice to a nationwide addiction helpline have increased …

488 overdose deaths in B.C. so far this year: chief coroner

The death toll from drug overdoses is still rising in British Columbia but the chief coroner says the count would be higher if it weren’t for harm prevention measures.<p>The coroner’s service said Wednesday there were 136 suspected overdose deaths in April.<p>Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said with the …

Canada

Pregabalin | FRANK

What are the risks? Impurities Getting hooked<p>What are the risks?<p><b>What are the risks of pregabalin?</b><br>Pregabalin can cause dizziness, drowsiness and …

Silent Killers - emDOCs.net - Emergency Medicine Education

<b>Authors: Jason Wong, MD (EM Resident Physician at University of Washington), Matthew Valento, MD (Medical Toxicologist at Washington Poison Center</b> …

It’s easier than ever to die of a caffeine overdose

Just stick to coffee<p>A large diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte, and some kind of energy drink—that's the caffeine cocktail that apparently killed 16-year-old Davis Allan Cripe last month in South Carolina, according to news reports.<p>We don’t ordinarily think of caffeine as toxic because if you’re …

Coffee

US teenager dies after succession of caffeine drinks in two hours

Doctors said healthy 16-year-old died from ‘caffeine-induced cardiac event’ after latte, Mountain Dew and energy drink<p>A teenager in the US died because he consumed too many high-caffeine drinks in a short space of time, a coroner has said.<p>Davis Allen Cripe died last month, about an hour after …

Coffee

US teen died after drinking caffeine too quickly, coroner says

<b>A healthy teenager in the US state of South Carolina died from drinking several highly-caffeinated drinks too quickly, a coroner has ruled.</b><p>Davis Allen Cripe collapsed at a high school in April after drinking a McDonalds latte, a large Mountain Dew soft drink and an energy drink in just under two …

Combining heroin and commonly prescribed non-opioid pain killers leads to a significant rise in overdose deaths | Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A multi-disciplinary study has shown that the recent substantial increase in prescriptions for two drugs, pregabalin and gabapentin, used widely for …

Jailed Spice addict 'snarling' like animal in attack

<b>A man addicted to the synthetic drug Spice was "snarling and growling" like an animal as he bit a police officer, a court has heard.</b><p>Leroy Parry, 24, sank his teeth into the bicep of PC Gareth Phillips for nearly a minute.<p>Swansea Crown Court heard it took seven officer to restrain him.<p>Parry, from …

How Scotland kicked its drink problem

A dram-atic fallHow Scotland kicked its drink problem<p>ON A Monday night the Grove, a pub in Glasgow’s West End, is quiet. A small bevy of old-timers …

Alcohol

A drug called 'serial killer' 100 times stronger than heroin is now in the UK, and people are dying

Two deadly drugs behind an epidemic of fatalities in the US are now spreading onto British streets, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has …

The strychnine exhumation

Christmas 1888 was a dark time on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, US. A flat, sandy strip of land braced by the Atlantic and separated from the rest …

Nearly 20,000 drug convictions dismissed over chemist's misconduct

<b>(CNN) —</b> Because of a lab chemist's widespread criminal misconduct in analyzing drug samples, about 95% of 20,000 drug convictions in Massachusetts have been dismissed, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.<p>"That is a victory for regular people, for people who've been …

Law

From bullets to poison: tales of toxic lead and what makes it so lethal

The metal’s curious chemistry and propensity to alter enzymes have disfigured royals, killed Romans and gained it notoriety for murders<p>Bullets are dangerous. This may seem like stating the obvious. Of course bullets fired into a body at high velocity are dangerous. But, it turns out that there are …

Health

'It's worse than heroin': how spice is ravaging homeless communities

As Manchester police report a spike in spice-related incidents, homeless people say highly addictive drug is causing deaths<p>When Alex first tried spice in 2014, he thought it was cannabis. The 23-year-old had been sleeping on the streets in Manchester after his mum had lost her council house. He was …

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Sugar and Spice...Not All Things Nice - St.Emlyn's

The use of synthetic cannabinoids is on the rise. They are dangerous, don’t fit a particular toxidrome, and can require emergent intervention. They …

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