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[…]

Productivity Drugs: Methylphenidate Abuse

Productivity Drugs: Methylphenidate Abuse Methylphenidate, sold by the trade names Ritalin®, Methylin®, Concerta®, has been a valuable tool in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well narcolepsy, depression, brain injury, cancer, pain, cognitive disorders and to treat patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection.1 A new trend has emerged with methylphenidate as it has found[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Fentanyl: Accidental Ingestion

Fentanyl: Accidental Ingestion  Fentanyl has a long history of use as a synthetic narcotic analgesic as well as a drug of abuse. “Fentanyl may increase the patient’s tolerance for pain and decrease the perception of suffering, although the presence of the pain itself may still be recognized.”2 It is sold under the brand names such[…]

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[…]

Designer Drugs: N-benzylpiperazine (BZP) and 1-(3-trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazine (TFMPP)

Designer Drugs: N-benzylpiperazine (BZP) and 1-(3-trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazine (TFMPP) With the influx of designer drugs readily available via Internet sources laboratories across the United States are seeing an increase in cases containing these substances. N-benzylpiperazine (BZP) and 1-(3-trifluoromethylphenyl) piperazine (TFMPP) are phenylpiperazine analogues and just two of the numerous compounds available that are often referred to as[…]

Ketamine: Not Your Average “Special K”

Ketamine: Not Your Average “Special K” Recently I had the honor to present at the joint meeting of the Southwestern and California Associations of Toxicologists on the use of ketamine in pediatric cases. Ketamine has a long history as a pharmaceutical agent for both human and veterinary medicine as an anesthetic agent in emergency medicine.[…]