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  • Drug Related Deaths – Scotland

    In the past year, Scotland’s drug related deaths have increased dramatically by 27%. Almost levelling the fatality rate per capita with the US. The latest figures showed the majority of fatalities was
  • International Day Against Drug Abuse

    From the 7th of December 1987, the general Assembly of the United Nations formally made the 26th of June an international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking as a symbol to
  • Scotland: Zero Tolerance

    Scotland is set to introduce a new “zero tolerance” policy to those caught driving under the influence of drugs. Ministers in Scotland want to make it easier for police officers to target
  • New Drug Testing Policy Introduced in Egypt

    In early May 2019, over 550 Egyptian state employees were referred to the Egyptian public prosecution office after being forced to take a drug test under a new law. The Ministry of
  • Pregabalin Reclassified

    Pregabalin, also known by its brand name Lyrica, has been reclassified in the UK as a class C drug. Pregabalin is an anti-epileptic drug that is also used to relieve chronic pain.
  • Cocaine on Matchday

    There has been an established link between disorder at football games and increasing cocaine use in society, according to Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the UK’s lead on football policing. Over the
  • Southwestern Association of Toxicologists

    A report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that between 2015 and 2016 overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids had doubled in the US, resulting in President Trump declaring the opioid
  • Kratom: The Emerging Drug of Abuse

    Amidst growing concerns of an opioid-abuse epidemic in the United States, it has been established that kratom (Mitragynine) is increasing in popularity amongst opioid users and has been reported as the new ‘legal high’. Kratom is an
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids – A Cause for Concern

    New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are often referred to as research chemicals, designer drugs or legal highs. In recent years the number of NPS drugs available has shown an unprecedented increase, coupled with
  • Midwest Association for Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2019

    Over recent years fentanyl overdoses have increased across the USA, and the current opioid crisis is driven by fentanyl and its analogues. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the powerful substance is estimated to have