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 |

Stiff fine for for rip-off Viagra

Fraser Coast Chronicle Lea Emery 1 September 2015

Matthew Leigh Cooke’s huge stash of illegally-imported medication popped onto police’s radar during a search by police “bikie” taskforce in Eli Waters.

The 42-year-old was found with 256 tablets, 136 oral gels and sachets of Kamagra, a drug which used to treat erectile dysfunction, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard on Monday.   Kamagra contains the same active ingredient as Viagra, sildenafil citrate, and requires a doctor’s prescription.

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Chemistry subject guide

Welcome to the Chemistry subject guide curated by the staff at Forensic and Scientific Services Library.

In the guide we have provided selected information in various formats on areas of chemistry for FSS staff to peruse. Resources selected for this guide include databases, books and ebooks, journals and links to chemistry reference sources.

Ice lab leached deadly toxins into Sydney’s water catchment area

Daily Telegraph Ashlee Mullany 28 August 2015

CHEMICALS from the biggest ice lab ever found in NSW leached into the catchment area that feeds into Sydney’s water supply at Warragamba Dam west of the city.    Court documents reveal waste and “methamphetamine byproducts” from the lab ­polluted the Yerranderie Catchment area, a pristine water supply that flows into Warragamba Dam.

Chemical experts carried out testing of the soil at the ­Yerranderie site after noticing dead trees in the area and ­allegedly found traces of caustic liquids and methamphetamine leaching into groundwater.

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Using NMR to identify and quantify illicit drugs

NATA eNews Issue 159 August 2015

Since 2005 there has been a massive increase in the availability of designer drugs and the world has seen more than 300 novel psychoactive substances (NPS) added to the illicit drug market.  At the National Measurement Institute (NMI) forensic scientists are using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to identify these new designer drugs.  Initially the province of organic chemists, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is an ideal technique for molecular structure elucidation and has become an indispensable tool for synthetic chemists who use it to determine structure and monitor reactions.

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Mum of three tried to smuggle drugs in bra into prison

Queensland Times Chris Owen 31 August 2015

A MOTHER of three has been caught trying to sneak illegal drugs into Southern Queensland Correctional Centre.   The plan involved Hooper hiding 25 strips of buprenorphine – an opioid drug similar to heroin – in her bra when she visited her partner.   Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand said Hooper had been found with a total of 182mg of buprenorphine – also known as Subutex.

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Federal Government’s ice advertisements turn half our at risk kids off the drug

News Corp Australia Sue Dunlevy 29 August 2015

HALF the at risk kids who saw the Federal Government’s controversial television advertisements on ice would avoid the drug, an independent evaluation has found.  And one in three parents who watched the ads spoke to their kids about the drug.

As a new round of the ads hit television screens on Sunday night, Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash says its proof the ads have ‘cut through’ and are changing attitudes.  But they were criticised for being an almost identical remake of a 2007 campaign and for failing to engage with people who used the drug.

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Special investigation shows that ice is a problem Australia can’t ignore

News Corp Australia 29 August 2015

News Corp Australia’s special series of reports shows that Australia’s problem with ice is not only real, its threat is potentially only beginning.

Senior reporter Paul Toohey and photographer Gary Ramage spent four weeks on the road, travelling to cities and remote towns from Queensland to Western Australia.

They spoke to ice users, going inside emergency departments and rehab centres to track this drug’s insidious effects on our community.

As days turned to weeks on their journey down the east coast, across to Adelaide, then Perth and Darwin, their journey showed that Australia’s problem with ice is not only real, its threat is potentially only beginning.

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