Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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Drugged driving: Canada’s laws lag behind – CMAJ

CMAJ Dane Wanniarachige April 14, 2015

In addition to setting a legal limit for cannabis, experts say that random roadside testing is the best deterrent for drug-impaired driving. Canada has neither. Meanwhile, seven US states, Australia and 16 European countries have set legal limits. And nine of the European nations plus Australia allow random roadside saliva tests.
Canadian law enforcers are waiting for an accurate roadside test to measure levels of cannabis use (CMAJ Mar. 16, 2015), but they may have a long wait because detecting impairment from cannabis is not as straightforward as detecting alcohol because of the complex nature of the drug and lack of conclusive research about the dose–effect of cannabis.

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Police forced to use taser on transgender in dramatic Southport arrest

Gold Coast Bulletin Jessica Elder April 16, 2015

A VIOLENT armed transgender person was tasered during a dramatic arrest at the Southport Broadwater Parklands overnight.
Police responded to reports of a disturbance in the Southport Broadwater Parklands on Marine Pde about 2.30am.
There they found a pre-surgery transgender who was allegedly armed with a knife and under the influence of a drug, suspected to be ice.
During the confrontation the offender allegedly refused to drop the knife and was violent towards officers, who were forced to use a taser to subdue and arrest.
The alleged offender will front Southport Magistrates Court on April 30.

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Drugs in prison: Number of Qld prisoners testing positive doubles as jailed addicts turn to prescription opiate buprenorphine

ABC News Elise Worthington 15 April 2015

The number of Queensland prisoners testing positive to drugs has doubled in the last year, with a prescription opiate known in prison as “subbies” increasingly becoming the drug of choice.
Experts say Queensland has the nation’s worst access to drug treatment programs, and figures obtained by the ABC show desperate prisoners are smuggling in buprenorphine, which, like methadone, is used to treat drug dependence.

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Australian Academy of Science – Nominations for the 2016 honorific awards for scientific excellence are now open

Honorific Awards

Most honorific awards are open to any scientist normally resident in Australia. Nominations may be made by anyone in the scientific community, with the exception of the Macfarlane Burnet or the Matthew Flinders Medals and Lectures for which nominations may only be made by Academy Fellows.

Criteria and nomination forms are available under each individual award.  Awards are available for a range of disciplines including chemistry, physics, human genetics, and women in science, and include early and mid-career awards.

View the full-list of awards


Mission to solve one of Brisbane’s darkest mysteries

Courier Mail Matthew Condon 13 April 2015

THE daughter of a notorious Queensland prostitute and brothel madam is set to petition the Queensland Government to hold a coronial inquest into her mother’s mysterious death more than 43 years ago.

Shirley Margaret Brifman, 35, was found dead of a suspected drug overdose in her Brisbane safe house on March 4, 1972, just weeks before she was due to be the chief witness against a senior Queensland detective in a perjury case.

The coroner at the time recommended no inquest

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Man arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine through Cairns Airport

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 13 April 2015

Police claim a Spanish man tried to smuggle cocaine worth hundreds of thousands of dollars through the Cairns International Airport over the weekend.  Customs officials said they noticed inconsistencies in the lining of his carry-on luggage and then uncovered five kilograms of white powder within the lining of three baggage items.

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Weekend traffic operation Palm Beach

QPS News 13 April 2015

Police are concerned by the number of motorists who continue to ignore the warnings and drink and drive following a weekend traffic operation at Palm Beach.

Acting Inspector Chris Ahearn said during the operation a driver was detected four times the legal limit allegedly registering a breath test of .218%.

“There were also 21 drivers detected drink driving and five people detected driving under the influence of a drug which is an unacceptable and disturbing result.

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