Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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10pc admit to driving on drugs

The Courier Mail 29 July 2016 page 7

More than one in 10 Queensland motorists have admitted to driving while under the influence of drugs, a new study has revealed.

Early results from the University of the Sunshine Coast’s ‘What causes the fatal five’ survey also revealed that more than one in three motorists admitted to drink driving over their lifetime.

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W-18 Is not a super-potent designer opioid as originally believed

Forbes 28 July 2016

A street drug feared to be stronger than any opioid known to science turns out not be an opioid at all. W-18, an experimental pain medicine first developed at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in the 1980s, doesn’t even appear to provide relief in animal pain models.

The findings appear in a preprint report (PDF) in bioRxiv (pronounced “Bioarchive”), a non-peer-reviewed resource of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories designed to rapidly disseminate critical research findings. The authors include scientists from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Scripps Research Institute.

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Impaired driving: Lots of excuses from drivers, lots of challenges for cops [Canada]

Mississauga News 28 July 2016

RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Harold Pfleiderer and Peel Regional Police Const. Alex Scarchilli say officers are seeing an increasing number of drug-impaired drivers on streets.

The majority of impaired driving incidents reported by police to Statistics Canada are alcohol-related, while three per cent are reported to be drug-related. However, Pfleiderer said this is a misnomer as “roadside surveys and research suggest that drug-impaired driving is under reported and is actually becoming as prevalent as alcohol impaired driving.”

Pfleiderer said the national police force administers Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training and oversees standards in conjunction with police partners across Canada.

Drugs and weapons seized, Ormeau

QPS News 28 July 2016

This morning police executed a search warrant at an address in Haase Court at Ormeau where two firearms including a home-made firearm, a substantial quantity of methamphetamine and cannabis, and approximately 7,000 in cash were seized.

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Toxins in e-cig vapor increase with heat and device use

(American Chemical Society 27 July 2016) Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have grown in popularity as an alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. But health experts and consumer advocates have raised concerns over their safety. Now scientists report in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology new measurements of potentially toxic compounds in e-cigarette vapor and factors that affect these levels.

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New drug tests may revolutionise detection of sports cheats

The Australian Tessa Akerman 27 July 2016

Future Olympians could face on-the-spot drug testing as Australian researchers modify their technology for police roadside testing.  The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will give a grant of $224,437 to the University of South Australia and the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in Bio-Nano Science to change the way testing is done.  He also said new substances which enhanced sporting performance were coming on the market continually and the current tests were inadequate in adapting quickly.

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Drugs, explosives in mail can’t be detected, Australia Post says

ABC News Ashlynne McGhee, Michael McKinnon 27 July 2016

Australia Post says it lacks the legal authority and technology to detect illegal goods in the mail.  In a statement to the ABC, Australia Post said funding was not the reason behind the lack of technology to detect illegal goods and that it was not in a position to change any laws.

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