“Cohabitation Anyone?” AWIS Magazine Article

When we think about laboratory space we often picture the lone scientist, hard at work on a ground breaking discovery. This article may change that image with a look into shared laboratory space….  CohabitationAnyone This article was published in the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Magazine, Spring 2014. AWIS “champions the interests of women in science,[…]

Alternative Perspectives: Dabbers By: D Michelle O’Neal, Senior Forensic Chemist

Dabbers By D Michelle O’Neal In the Forensic Drug Chemistry Section where I work we’re seeing more and more of a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) positive taffy-like substance. I’d always referred to it as marihuana ‘budder’ and assumed it was used in special snack treat recipes. Since our lab isn’t in a marihuana friendly state, I decided on[…]

E-Cigs and Drug Use

 E-Cigs and Drug Use   The use of tobacco products can lead to nicotine addiction and prolonged use can result in lung disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease.1 Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs are perceived safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes and their use is on the rise.2 “In 2012 adolescent ever-use increased to 6.8% and, among high[…]

Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… “Designer Drugs”

 Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… “Designer Drugs”  In the post “Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… Prescription Drugs” we took a look at dosage of prescription drugs as well as the risks of prescription drug abuse and some of the organizations battling this growing problem. When asked how prescription narcotics were obtained for nonmedical use, 70% of[…]

Alternative Perspectives: A Horse of Many Colors By: Christina Coucke-Garza, Senior Forensic Drug Chemist

In the fields of Forensic Toxicology and Forensic Science, the day-to-day experiences of scientists can vary depending on the area of the world they serve. Our goal with the “Alternative Perspectives” series is to offer experiences from Forensic Scientists all over the world. We begin this journey with Christina Coucke-Garza’s “A Horse of Many Colors”[…]

Designer Drugs: Methylone

Designer Drugs: Methylone 3, 4 Methylenedioxymethcathinone or Methylone is a psychoactive substance of the phenethlamine class encountered either knowingly or unknowingly by users for the pharmacological similarities to 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, “Ecstasy”).1 As with many of the new psychoactive substances or “designer drugs” (Benzofury, NBOMe’s, BZP/TFMPP, etc.) sometimes the true identify of the compound(s) ingested (or[…]

Productivity Drugs: Adderall Abuse

Productivity Drugs: Adderall Abuse    Adderall is a combination of amphetamine aspartate, amphetamine sulfate, dextroamphetamine saccharate, and dextroamphetamine sulfate. It is used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which is when an individual (often children) are hyperactive-impulsive or have inattentive symptoms resulting in significant impairment to social, academic, or occupational functions. Individuals[…]

Why the ‘NBOMe’ compounds are not “The Bomb”

Why the ‘NBOMe’ compounds are not “The Bomb” The psychoactive phenethylamines ‘NBOMe’ compounds have hit the streets of United States with quite an explosion. Numerous hospitalizations and even deaths have been attributed to the use of these drugs. There are numerous variations of these compounds including 2-(4-iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25I-NBOMe; 2C-I-NBOMe; 25I; Cimbi-5), 2-(4-chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25C-NBOMe; 2C-C-NBOMe; 25C;[…]

Phencyclidine-Has The “Dust” Been Stirred Up?

Phencyclidine-Has The “Dust” Been Stirred Up? Phencyclidine (PCP) or 1-(1-phenylcyclohexyl)piperidine), a dissociative drug known by the street name “Angel Dust”, was first synthesized by Parke, Davis and Company in 1926 for use in general anesthesia both in human and veterinary medicine.1 By the mid 1960’s its use was abandoned when patients in clinical studies experienced[…]

New Psychoactive Substances (UNODC World Drug Report 2013)

New Psychoactive Substances (UNODC World Drug Report 2013) New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) (aka Designer Drugs) reported to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have increased from 166 at the end of 2009 to 251 by mid-2012 (> 50% increase). “For the first time, the number of NPS actually exceeded the total number of[…]