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The History of Heroin

The use of plant materials to relieve suffering, treat illness or in religious ceremonies has a long history. Occasionally, the Industry News section will look more closely at the history of a substance to help create context around pharmaceuticals that are a standard drug of

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Getting to the Answer: Screening vs. Confirmation Testing

Clinical toxicology testing helps clinicians and case workers help patients by providing critical information about substances in a patient’s system. There are two main testing platforms: qualitative (meaning the test is either positive or negative) and quantitative (meaning the test measures drug concentration). Screening (also

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Supporting Treatment and Recovery Through Language

Reflecting the pervasiveness of drugs in the news, the Associated Press has updated its official stylebook with new guidelines on the usage of many terms related to drugs and addiction. Updates include clarification of the distinctions between opioid and opiate, addiction and dependence, and prescribed

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Manufacturer Removes Opana ER From Market

Endo International plc, the manufacturer of an extended release formulation of oxycodone known as Opana ER, announced July 6 that it was voluntarily complying with a request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove its product from the pharmaceutical market. The FDA

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The History of Synthetic Opioids

The use of plant materials to relieve suffering, treat illness or conduct religious ceremonies has a long history. Occasionally, the Industry News will look more closely at the history of a standard drug of interest in the toxicology industry. In the late 1920s the world

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The History of Naloxone

Widely heralded as the “antidote” to opioid overdoses, naloxone was first patented in New York in 1961 by scientists looking to treat constipation caused by chronic opioid use. Despite being related to morphine, naloxone has almost no painkilling properties, but researchers quickly recognized its ability

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Police Step Up to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Frustrated with the continually rising number of opioid overdoses, law enforcement officials across the country are taking a more active role in combating the opioid epidemic, one that does not necessarily involve making arrests. A recent New York Times article describes how public officials, police

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The Opioid Epidemic: A Plague for Modern Times

In a recent article, The New York Times estimates that more than 59,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2016, an increase of 19 percent over drug deaths in 2015. If this estimate proves to be accurate, this total would surpass deaths from car accidents

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