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[…]

The “Sly” Foxy Methoxy (5-MeO-DIPT)

The “Sly” Foxy Methoxy (5-MeO-DIPT) 5-MeO-DIPT (5-methoxy-N, N-diisopropyltryptamine) is not a new drug, with its introduction to the forensic toxicology community in the late 1990’s, but it has regained popularity as one of the many synthetic compounds available to drug users. 5-MeO-DIPT goes by the street names of “Foxy” or “Foxy Methoxy”, is similar to[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]