Forensic Toxicology

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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 …

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 …

Flint

'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 …

Addiction

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 …

Medical Marijuana

Alcoholism - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

Arsenic - Periodic Table of Videos

CO Toxicity: A Potentially Elusive Diagnosis

<b>Author: Patrick C. Ng, MD (EM Chief Resident, SAUSHEC Emergency Medicine Department) // Edited by: Alex Koyfman, MD (@EMHighAK) and Brit Long, MD</b> …

Medicine

The Chemistry of Sarin Poison Gas–Periodic Table of Videos

The YouTube staple series for explaining chemistry to the masses, The Periodic Table of Videos, takes time today to explain to us exactly how Sarin …

Chemistry

Arsenic and Old Tastes Made Victorian Wallpaper Deadly

Victorian wallpaper, much like many of this year’s runway styles, was brightly colored and often full of floral designs.<p>Those looks might strike you …

Art

Chloral Hydrate Toxicity

Case<p><b>#1</b> A 4 year old girl was prescribed chloral hydrate to be taken at home prior to a procedure by her dentist. After a successful procedure, she …

Medicine

ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearls: Suicide plant

Deadly chemistry

Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate about 100 times more potent than morphine, and its analogs are new faces of a worsening addiction scourge in the United …

With Opiate Epidemic, Endocarditis a More Serious Infectious Threat than HIV or HCV, but Not as Feared - Time for a Better Name? - HIV and ID Observations

I had dinner with my daughter Mimi the other evening, and was ruminating about how things have changed since I started work as an Infectious Diseases …

Public Health

In Between Life And Death, Opioid Use Can Cause Dozens Of Injuries

Support the news<p>Trouble started for Lisa when she took a blood pressure pill and one to control seizures, along with methadone, a drug used to help …

Addiction

From synthetic 'zombie' drugs to 'codeine housewives' – the changing face of the modern drug scene

IT is the latest drug to spark alarm, with images of users being turned into ‘living dead’ by a powerful new strain of a synthetic alternative to …

Addiction

Lowering of legal drink-drive limit 'to save lives' urged

<b>The legal drink-drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales to cut alcohol-related accidents, councils and fire authorities have urged.</b><p>The Local Government Association (LGA) and all fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales are calling for the current limit to be lowered from 80mg to …

Budgeting

Opiate and opioid withdrawal

Opiates or opioids are drugs used to treat pain. The term narcotic refers to either type of drug.<p>If you stop or cut back on these drugs after heavy …

Addiction

Weekly Dose: GHB, a party drug that's easy to overdose on but was once used in childbirth

GHB stands for gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (also known as 4-hydroxybutanoic acid) and is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter. It’s also a …

Deadly U.S. Heroin Overdoses Quadrupled in 5 Years

The number of deadly heroin overdoses in the United States more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015, a federal agency said on Friday, as the price of …

Kim Jong-nam death: poison dose so high he died in '15 to 20 minutes'

Ministers believe half-brother of North Korean leader was killed with more than 10mg of UN classified VX nerve agent<p>The dose of poison given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un’s half-brother was so high it killed him “within 15 to 20 minutes”, Malaysia’s health minister has said.<p>Kim Jong-nam died on …

Kim Jong-nam

VX: The Nerve Agent Used To Kill Kim Jong Nam Is Rare And Deadly

When the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed at a Malaysian airport last week, poisoning was instantly suspected. But on Friday, Malaysian authorities revealed that an autopsy had turned up not just any poison, but a rare nerve agent known as VX.<p>VX is among the deadliest …

North Korea

Kim Jong-nam killing: 'VX nerve agent' found on his face

<b>Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent, says Malaysia.</b><p>Mr Kim died last week after two women accosted him briefly in a check-in hall at a Kuala Lumpur airport.<p>Malaysian toxicology reports indicate he was attacked using VX nerve agent, which …

Mystery lingers over death of N. Korean dictator's half brother

<b>KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia</b> -- Determining whether poison killed the half brother of North Korea’s leader in a busy airport is proving difficult for …

Korean Peninsula

Melbourne overdoses 'could have been avoided' if drug testing was available

The majority of Australians support legal drug-testing. But for many politicians, offering a service which tests illegal substances is a hard pill to swallow<p>A spate of overdoses in Victoria – including the deaths of three people from a “bad batch” of ecstasy – has reignited the 20-year-old push for …

Addiction

Pathology Spotlight- The Hidden Scar: Cirrhosis of the Liver

The cut surface of this liver shows the typical nodular appearance of cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a chronic disease of the liver arising from a number of …

Why there is such an enormous demand for drugs in British prisons

The BBC’s <i>Panorama</i> documentary on HMP Northumberland recently put the problem of drug taking in prisons firmly under the spotlight. The terrible harms …

Addiction

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