Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

Illicit drug analysis | Clandestine laboratory analysis | Clandestine laboratory remediation | Urine toxicology | Alcohol and drugs in drivers | Post-mortem toxicology | blood doping | Drugs in sport |

Wada brings in ban on xenon and argon, but has no test

BBC News Matt McGrath 31 August 2014

Doping experts have yet to find an effective test for athletes using xenon and argon, despite introducing a ban on the gases’ use by sports stars.

The new ban has been ordered by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), which runs drug testing across many sports.

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Fake Viagra swoop: 12 arrested, millions seized as European police target counterfeit drug dealers

ABC News AFP 2 September 2014

Police in several European countries have arrested 12 people and seized millions of euros in assets in a swoop on counterfeit Viagra dealers.  The counterfeit drugs were imported into the European Union from China and India and “often contain incorrect dosages and ingredients”.

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Drug charges, Cleveland

QPS News 2 September 2014

Police have charged a Cleveland man following a search warrant that was executed in Cleveland yesterday.

It will be alleged that as a result of a search warrant police located dangerous drugs at a Compass Court residence.  A 36-year-old Cleveland man was charged with 34 drug related charges and will appear at Wynnum Magistrates Court today.

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Real estate agent in drug bust

A well-known Cleveland real estate agent will face court on 34 drugs-related charges after police busted an alleged Redlands methamphetamines ring.

Drug charges, Sun Valley (Gladstone)

QPS News 1 September 2014

Police have charged a Sun Valley man following a search warrant that was executed today in Sun Valley.  It will be alleged that as a result of the search warrant police located a quantity of several types of illicit drugs, drug utensils and weapons at a residence on Edlorowa Street.

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The Zone: Dealing with the meth explosion

Sydney Morning Herald Michael Short 31 August 2014

Michael Short interviews Sam Biondo, Chief of the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) about the use and impacts of methamphetamine into which the Victorian Parliament is conducting an inquiry.

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Canadian woman jailed for bid to import $10m of drugs into Cairns airport

ABC News Kirsty Nancarrow  29 August 2014

A 38-year-old Canadian woman who pleaded guilty to importing drugs worth up to $10 million into the far north Queensland city of Cairns has been jailed for 11 years.

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Bogus medical cannabis putting chronically ill children at risk

The Age Josh Gordon August 28, 2014

Desperate parents who believe they are using cannabis oil to treat chronically ill children could be administering nothing but methylated spirits, alcohol and water.
Forensic testing of medical marijuana has revealed dramatic variations in the contents of the product, which is often spruiked over the internet by unregulated producers who make bold claims about the benefits.