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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[…]

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What is “High”? A Look at the Legalization of “Marijuana” Part II

What is “High”? A Look at the Legalization of “Marijuana” Part II A recent survey found that 6.8 percent of drivers, mostly under age 35, who were involved in accidents tested positive for THC; alcohol levels above the legal limit were found in 21 percent of such drivers.”-National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) In the[…]

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What is “High”? A Look at the Legalization of “Marijuana”

What is “High”? A Look at the Legalization of “Marijuana”  “mar·i·jua·na1 noun 1: hemp 2: the dried leaves and flowering tops of the pistillate hemp plant that yield THC and are sometimes smoked in cigarettes for their intoxicating effect”1 The term marijuana, also known as pot, grass, and weed, refers to the psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol[…]

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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”[…]

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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[…]

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Press Release: A2LA Accredits First Forensic Blood Alcohol Testing Laboratory-Fondren Forensics

  I had the pleasure of working with Fondren Forensics to assist in their goal to develop a Quality System for laboratory accreditation with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Fondren Forensics is an incredible organization to work with. Fondren Forensics offers blood alcohol analysis, civil consultation, testimony services, federal/military/NRS breath testing programs, Intoxilyzer® service/repair, seminars/corporate training, and[…]

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The Fury around Benzofury: 5-APB and 6-APB

The Fury around Benzofury:  5-APB and 6-APB The phenylethylamines 5-APB (1-(benzofuran-5-yl)-propan-2-amine) and 6-APB (1-(benzofuran-6-yl)-propan-2-amine) (aka “Benzo Fury”, “Benzofury”, 5-APB, 6-APB) are two of many new psychoactive substances making the news.1-3, 7-9 The prevalence of use is unclear as these compounds are often taken with other drugs. The compounds have been detected in individuals presenting with[…]

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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;[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]