Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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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.

Craig Andrew Holzberger jailed for life for murdering pregnant girlfriend Tenille Hass in Bundaberg

ABC News Kallee Buchanan 28 August 2014

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death and killing her unborn child in Bundaberg in southern Queensland.
In March, Craig Andrew Holzberger was found guilty of stabbing to death his girlfriend, Tenille Hass, 24, at a Bundaberg home in 2011.

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Plan to make clinical trials of medical cannabis easier announced by Victorian Government

ABC News Frances Bell 28 August 2014

Plans to change the law to make it easier to conduct clinical trials of medical cannabis have been announced by the Victorian Government.
The move is in response to a public campaign from families who want medicinal marijuana legalised.

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Brisbane Supreme and District Court building evacuated following discovery of suspicious substance

News.com.au Paige Carfrae August 28, 2014

THE suspicious substance discovered at the Brisbane Supreme and District Court this afternoon has been found to be a drug.
An area of the courthouse was cordoned off just after midday and pedestrian control put in place after a white-brown-coloured powder was found in one of the court’s toilets.
After testing by fire crews, the powder was positively identified as a drug.
The area was cleaned up and reopened at 2.50pm.

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Old dope, new tricks: the new science of medical cannabis

The Conversation DJ Allsop IS McGregor 27 August 2014

Medicinal cannabis is back in the news again after a planned trial to grow it in Norfolk Island was blocked by the federal government last week. The media is ablaze with political rumblings and tales of public woe, but what does science have to say on the subject?

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Link to JAMA Internal Medicine article

NSW calls for national ban on shampoo additives that are choking the oceans

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hannam August 28, 2014

The NSW government has called for a national ban on the sale and production of shampoos and other products containing microplastics before they inflict worse damage on marine environments.
Environment Minister Rob Stokes said on Thursday the government would convene an industry working group intended to eliminate the pollutant by 2016.