ICYMI: Inside The Brains Of Happy Couples And Coca-Cola's Bad Science
ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week.  This week, we read pieces that ran against the conventional wisdom surrounding two controversial political issues: gun control and medical marijuana. States with higher rates of gun ownership have more police homicides, regardless of violent crime levels, putting a dent in the oft-citied claim that owning a gun for personal protection increases public safety.   And although we've often heard that marijuana is a gateway drug to "harder" substance use, a report investigating the science behind common marijuana folklore found that the scientific evi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Memory-Erasing Drug May Help Prevent Meth Addicts From Relapsing
For many people struggling to overcome drug addiction, relapse is a dangerous part of the road to recovery. It can be triggered by a passing memory of the drug's pleasurable effects -- sometimes even after years of sobriety. But what if scientists could hack into the brain to stop relapse at the source, by erasing that powerful memory?   A team of neuroscientists from The Scripps Research Institute have tested a new drug called blebbistatin on mice addicted to methamphetamine. Preliminary findings indicate that it can selectively erase dangerous addiction-associated memories. "When people come...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Memory-Erasing Drug May Help Prevent Meth Addicts From Relapsing
For many people struggling to overcome drug addiction, relapse is a dangerous part of the road to recovery. It can be triggered by a passing memory of the drug's pleasurable effects -- sometimes even after years of sobriety. But what if scientists could hack into the brain to stop relapse at the source, by erasing that powerful memory?   A team of neuroscientists from The Scripps Research Institute have tested a new drug called blebbistatin on mice addicted to methamphetamine. Preliminary findings indicate that it can selectively erase dangerous addiction-associated memories. "When people come...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ex-Addict Turns Blue From Adverse Ingestion Reaction
The patient mistook a bottle of nitrite as a 5-Hour Energy drink-like beverage. Photo WikiMedia Commons/UK Home Mesa Fire and Medical Department (MFMD) Engine 203 is dispatched code 3 to a residence for a possible adverse reaction from ingestion. Upon arrival, two paramedics and two EMTs enter the small home to find the patient lying on the bathroom floor. One of the paramedics enters the kitchen to gather information from the girlfriend of the patient who states the 26-year-old male patient drank Rush, an energy shot-type energy drink, approximately an hour ago and is now complaining of dyspnea, nausea and vomiting. He&...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 10, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Therese Derivan, BS, NREMT P Tags: Case of the Month Patient Assessment Toxicology Special Topics Patient Care Source Type: news

Ex-Addict Turns Blue From Adverse Ingestion Reaction
The patient mistook a bottle of nitrite as a 5-Hour Energy drink-like beverage. Photo WikiMedia Commons/UK Home Mesa Fire and Medical Department (MFMD) Engine 203 is dispatched code 3 to a residence for a possible adverse reaction from ingestion. Upon arrival, two paramedics and two EMTs enter the small home to find the patient lying on the bathroom floor. One of the paramedics enters the kitchen to gather information from the girlfriend of the patient who states the 26-year-old male patient drank Rush, an energy shot-type energy drink, approximately an hour ago and is now complaining of dyspnea, nausea and vomiting. He&...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - August 10, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Therese Derivan, BS, NREMT P Tags: Case of the Month Patient Assessment Toxicology Special Topics Patient Care Source Type: news

Ex-Addict Turns Blue From Adverse Ingestion Reaction
The patient mistook a bottle of nitrite as a 5-Hour Energy drink-like beverage. Photo WikiMedia Commons/UK Home Mesa Fire and Medical Department (MFMD) Engine 203 is dispatched code 3 to a residence for a possible adverse reaction from ingestion. Upon arrival, two paramedics and two EMTs enter the small home to find the patient lying on the bathroom floor. One of the paramedics enters the kitchen to gather information from the girlfriend of the patient who states the 26-year-old male patient drank Rush, an energy shot-type energy drink, approximately an hour ago and is now complaining of dyspnea, nausea and vomiting. ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - August 10, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Therese Derivan, BS, NREMT P Tags: Special Topics Patient Care Source Type: news

Is Mississippi's prescription-only precursor control law a prescription to decrease the production and raise the price of methamphetamine? - Cunningham S, Finlay K, Stoecker C.
BACKGROUND: In 2010, Mississippi became the second state to require a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine-based medications. Proponents of "prescription-only" laws argue that they are necessary to disrupt methamphetamine markets, but critics note the ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 6, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Team advances therapy preventing addiction relapse by erasing drug-associated memories
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have made a discovery that brings them closer to a new therapy based on selectively erasing dangerous and tenacious drug-associated memories. A new study demonstrates the effectiveness of a single injection of an early drug candidate called blebbistatin in preventing relapse in animal models of methamphetamine addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Venlafaxine abuse
2.5 out of 5 stars Venlafaxine as the ‘baby ecstasy’? Literature overview and analysis of web-based misusers’ experiences. Francesconi G et al. Hum Psychopharmacol Clin Exp 2015 Jul;30:255-261.  Abstract In 2003, Sattar et al published a case report of venlafaxine abuse in a 38-year-old man. The patient had been prescribed 225-mg extended-release venlafaxine daily. He found that increasing his dose by 50% — to 337.5-mg per day — initially produced a “sudden, amphetamine-like ‘high'” that he did not re-experience even after increasing the dose to 450-mg. He subs...
Source: The Poison Review - July 30, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical abuse effexor overdose venlafaxine Source Type: news

Global Patterns of Methamphetamine UseGlobal Patterns of Methamphetamine Use
Methamphetamine use has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. This review examines the global distribution of methamphetamine in its various forms as well as its clinical and psychosocial effects. Current Opinion in Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Journal Article Source Type: news

Live to tell: Narratives of methamphetamine-using women taken hostage by their intimate partners in San Diego, CA - Ludwig-Barron N, Syvertsen JL, Lagare T, Palinkas LA, Stockman JK.
BACKGROUND: Hostage-taking, an overlooked phenomenon in public health, constitutes a severe form of intimate partner violence and may be a precursor to female homicide within relationships characterized by substance use. Criminal justice studies indicate t... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Effects of active anti-methamphetamine vaccination on intravenous self-administration in rats - Miller ML, Aarde SM, Moreno AY, Creehan KM, Janda KD, Taffe MA.
BACKGROUND: d-Methamphetamine (METH) addiction is a serious public health concern for which successful treatment remains elusive. Immunopharmacotherapy has been shown to attenuate locomotor and thermoregulatory effects of METH. The current study investigat... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Is It Bedtime for Benzos?
“Bernard also laughed; after two grams of soma the joke seemed, for some reason, good. Laughed and then, almost immediately, dropped off to sleep.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World It’s been a tough few years for benzodiazepines, the pharmaceutical industry’s top-selling family of prescription drugs. Tough in every way, that is, except sales: Xanax remains the world’s most popular pill, and U.S. prescriptions for it and other benzos grow by 12 percent every year. It’s their reputation, long enjoyed, as harmless and effective medicines that’s taking a flurry of hits — so...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 25, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Neuropsychiatric adverse effects of amphetamine and methamphetamine - Harro J.
Administration of amphetamine and methamphetamine can elicit psychiatric adverse effects at acute administration, binge use, withdrawal, and chronic use. Most troublesome of these are psychotic states and aggressive behavior, but a large variety of undesir... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Andrew Getty died of meth intoxication, hemorrhage, other factors
Andrew Getty, grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty and an heir to his fortune, died of an intestinal hemorrhage and acute methamphetamine intoxication, among other factors, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Wednesday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A new survey of methamphetamine users in treatment: who they are, why they like "meth," and why they need additional services - Maxwell JC.
The quality and quantity of illicit methamphetamine has recently increased due to introduction of a new precursor, 1-phenyl-2-propanone (P2P). This paper updates the problems associated with methamphetamine use. Methamphetamine-using clients (N = 222) ente... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

High prevalence of previous arrests for illicit drug use and/or impaired driving among drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes in Sweden with amphetamine in blood at autopsy - Jones AW, Holmgren A, Ahlner J.
BACKGROUND: Amphetamine, and to a lesser extent the secondary amine methamphetamine, are major recreational drugs of abuse in Sweden. These central stimulant amines are identified in blood from roughly 50% of people arrested for driving under the influence... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

UCLA researchers identify a potentially effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction
A new study by UCLA researchers has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine. “The results were about as good as you could hope for,” said Lara Ray, a UCLA associate professor of psychology, director of the UCLA Addictions Laboratory and lead author of the new study. The study, published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, was the first in the U.S. to evaluate Naltrexone for treating methamphetamine addiction. Researchers analyzed 22 men and eight women who use methamphetamine an average of three to four days a week. During a ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 20, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Researchers find promising treatment for meth addiction
Stephen FellerLOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) -- Clinical trials are already underway after Naltrexone, used to treat alcoholism, decreased methamphetamine users' desire for the drug in a small study at UCLA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potentially effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction identified
The first study in the United States of Naltrexone's effect on methamphetamine users has found that this medication, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcoholism, is potentially a very promising treatment for methamphetamine addiction, researchers report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 19, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

UCLA researchers identify a potentially effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction
(University of California - Los Angeles) The first study in the United States of Naltrexone's effect on methamphetamine users has found that this medication, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcoholism, is potentially a very promising treatment for methamphetamine addiction, UCLA researchers report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 19, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

WATCH: This Is What Adderall Does To Your Brain
It's a little pill that can make you hyper-focused, suppress your appetite, and improve your mood and energy levels. Sound familiar? Adderall is used by over 25 million people worldwide to treat ailments including ADHD, narcolepsy and depression -- and increasingly, the pills are being taken without a prescription to boost performance at school or work. So what happens in your brain when you pop one? A new video from the American Chemical Society's series, Reactions, has some answers. In short: It's all about the dopamine. "People with ADHD tend to have lower levels of dopamine, the key chemical in the brain's...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Estimating the national cost burden from burns resulting from methamphetamine manufacturing - Myers J, Lehna C.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Accidental death via intravaginal absorption of methamphetamine - Jones P, Mutsvunguma R, Prahlow JA.
In this paper a drug fatality that involved an unintended drug delivery route is described. The decedent, a 23-year-old female in custody in a county jail on suspicion of a felony drug offense, was discovered in a holding cell unconscious and unresponsive.... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Failure of surgical treatment in methamphetamine body-stuffers - Bahrami-Motlagh H, Hassanian-Moghaddam H, Behnam B, Arab-Ahmadi M.
Body stuffing is defined as ingestion of unpackaged or packaged illicit drugs in a quick process. The drugs have usually been wrapped loosely in cellophane, plastic bags, paper, or aluminum foil. Methamphetamine toxicity is a dangerous state that occurs du... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Methiopropamine in blood samples from drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs - Tuv SS, Bergh MS, Vindenes V, Karinen R.
Methiopropamine (MPA; 1-(thiophen-2-yl)-2-methylaminopropane) belongs to the new psychoactive substances (NPS) which have emerged on the drug marked over the last years. MPA appeared in 2011 and is an analogue of methamphetamine, sold as e.g. "Slush Eric" ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Obama Signals Support For Changing Course In Federal War On Medical Marijuana
In an interview that will air for the first time this weekend as part of CNN's latest installment of its medical marijuana documentary series "WEED 3," President Barack Obama signals support for medical marijuana and for rolling back the federal government's war on drugs. CNN's chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a vocal supporter of the legalization of medical marijuana, asks Obama in the documentary if he supports the goals of a historic Senate bill introduced in March that seeks to make several major changes in federal law, including drastically reducing the federal government's ability to crack down on...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IHS: Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; National Indian Health Outreach and Education II
The Indian Health Services (IHS) is accepting competitive applications for two awards under the National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE): the Behavioral Health - Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Intervention (MSPI) outreach and education award and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) outreach and education award. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 6, 2015 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The pharmacokinetics of methamphetamine self-administration in male and female rats - Milesi-Hallé A, Hambuchen MD, McMillan DE, Michael Owens S.
BACKGROUND: Because methamphetamine (METH) pharmacokinetics after single iv doses show significant differences between male and female rats, we hypothesized that pharmacokinetic differences in METH disposition could be a contributing factor to the patterns... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - March 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Overrides State Law To Authorize Needle-Exchange Program
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use. Pence issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency in Scott County, an economically depressed area about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, that has seen 79 new infections since December. The county typically sees only about five HIV cases each year, health officials said. All of those infected...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Review: 23 patients with laboratory-confirmed MDPV exposure
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) 3.5 out of 5 stars Acute Methylenedioxypyrovalerone Toxicity. Fruberg BA et al. J Med Toxicol 2014 Dec 3 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract This is an impressive paper, but for reasons the authors thoroughly discuss in their limitations sections, there is somewhat less here than meets the eye. The authors retrospectively reviewed patients seen over a 2-year period at 10 different hospitals who were entered into the ToxIC Registry and coded under a term consistent with “bath salt” exposure. Cases were eligible for the study if they had blood and/or urine laboratory co...
Source: The Poison Review - March 25, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical bath salts MDPV methylenedioxyphyrovalerone ToxIC registry Source Type: news

A comparison of impulsivity, depressive symptoms, lifetime stress and sensation seeking in healthy controls versus participants with cocaine or methamphetamine use disorders - Mahoney JJ, Thompson-Lake DG, Cooper K, Verrico CD, Newton TF, De La Garza R.
Previous research has focused on developing theories of addiction that may explain behavior in cocaine- and methamphetamine-dependent individuals. The primary goal of this report was to compare and contrast the prevalence of self-reported measures of impul... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - March 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Sympathomimetic toxidrome: is it scorpion envenomation or methamphetamine?
Centruroides sculpturatus 2.5 out of 5 stars Methamphetamine Ingestion Misdiagnosed as Centruroides sculpturatus Envenonmation. Strommen J, Shirazi F. Case Rep Emerg Med Epub 2015 Jan 14. Full Text Native to the American southwest and Mexico, Centruroides sculpturatus is the most venomous scorpion in North America. Its venom contains a variety of toxins, including α-toxins that inhibits deactivation of voltage-gated sodium channels causing excitation of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic systems. In addition, the venom causes catecholamine release. Sympathetic effects usually predo...
Source: The Poison Review - March 10, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical anascorp antivenom centruroides sculpturatus methamphetamine scorpion sting sympathomimetic toxidrome Source Type: news

Methamphetamine May Be More Harmful to Teen Brains
MRI-based study finds illicit drug causes more damage in adolescents Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Drug Abuse, Drugs and Young People, Methamphetamine (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acura begins clinical trial of meth-resistant Nexafed extended-release formulations
Acura Pharmaceuticals has started a pilot clinical trial of two experimental formulations of Nexafed (pseudoephedrine HCl) extended-release tablets using the company's second generation methamphetamine resistant technology, IMPEDE 2.0. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - February 17, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

MRI shows meth's effects on young brains
MRI scans indicate that adolescents who chronically use methamphetamine experience (more) (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 13, 2015 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Long-term management of severe ocular surface injury due to methamphetamine production accidents - Movahedan A, Genereux BM, Darvish-Zargar M, Shah KJ, Holland EJ.
PURPOSE:: The aim of this study was to report the clinical features and management of patients with ocular surface damage during methamphetamine production accidents. METHODS:: This is a retrospective noncomparative interventional case series of 5 ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 7, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

UAMS Startup Receives $14.5M to Help Drug Users Break Addiction
InterveXion Therapeutics LLC, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures startup company, has received two federal grants totaling $14.5 million for development of drug therapies that can help methamphetamine drug abusers break their addiction. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 29, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Depression mediates and moderates effects of methamphetamine use on sexual risk taking among treatment-seeking gay and bisexual men - Fletcher JB, Reback CJ.
OBJECTIVE: Mounting evidence suggests a syndemic relation between methamphetamine use and depression to increase sexual risk taking (i.e., HIV transmission risk behavior) among men who have sex with men. This prospective analysis of longitudinal data colle... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Methamphetamine - just another stimulant or a more complex problem? - Lecomte T, Massé M.
Methamphetamine (MA) has recently become very popular in the media, due in part to its increasing popularity as well as its psychotropic effects and the negative consequences of its use. Is it a stimulant like any other, or does methamphetamine use lead to... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Stimulant Use Trajectories and the Longitudinal Risk of Heavy Drinking: Findings From a Rural Population-Based Study
Examines the longitudinal relationships between heavy drinking days and dormant sequences of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine use among rural residents. -- (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - January 15, 2015 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Physical Victimization of Rural Methamphetamine and Cocaine Users
Evaluates the association between stimulant use of cocaine and/or methamphetamines and violence occurring among rural substance abuse users. -- (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - January 10, 2015 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Hallucinogenic stimulant PMMA found in “Superman” pills that killed 4 in Britain
The Guardian (U.K.) reported yesterday that the deaths of 4 men in Britain over the holidays were associated with a drug — purported to be MDMA (ecstasy) — that actually contained the hallucinogenic stimulant PMMA, a far more dangerous drug. The deaths all seemed to be related to a 5-sided pill that reproduced the famous Superman logo. PMMA is related to PMA, a drug so lethal it has been marketed under the name “Dr. Death.” Some data indicates that PMMA (para-methoxymethamphetamine) is metabolized to PMA (para-methamphetamine.) Both PMA and PMMA cause increased release of serotonin along w...
Source: The Poison Review - January 8, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical dr. death ecstasy mdma paramethoxyamphetamine paramethoxymethamphetamine pma PMMA serotonin syndrome superman Source Type: news

The 5th Annual Alexander Awards: The Best Tox Reading of 2014
Alexander Gettler The distinguished Alexander Awards go to the best writings related to toxicology topics that have appeared in the previous year. To be eligible to win an Alexander, an article or paper must be freely available on the web, not locked up behind some paywall or subject to restricted access. The awards are named for Alexander Gettler (1883-1968,) the chief toxicologist with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York during the first half of the 20th century. Gettler’s work was crucial in the development of modern forensic toxicology. In a must-read piece from New York&nbs...
Source: The Poison Review - January 2, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical alexander award alexander gentler best toxicology reading 2014 Source Type: news

Methamphetamine Use Linked to Parkinson's Risk
Study also found women who took the drug had higher odds of the disease than men Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Methamphetamine, Parkinson's Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deaths and severe toxicity at an electronic dance-music festival in NYC
This report — from the CDC and the New York City Department of Health — describes the full investigation into adverse medical events associated with the 3-day Labor Day weekend electronic dance-music (EDM) festival. (After the 2 deaths, the third day was cancelled.) The authors identified 22 adverse medical events requiring transfer to an emergency room. Nine cases were severe — defined as involving seizure, intubation, ICU admission, or death. Specimens for toxicology testing were available from 17 patients. The following were the key findings: Five patients were admitted to the ICU. One patient who die...
Source: The Poison Review - December 23, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical death ecstasy electronic dance-music festival fatality mdma methamphetamine methylone new york Source Type: news

Methamphetamine Use Raises Parkinson's Disease RiskMethamphetamine Use Raises Parkinson's Disease Risk
Residents of Utah who abuse methamphetamine face three times the risk for Parkinson's disease, and women may have an even higher risk, although cocaine users have no increased risk, new study found. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - December 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Methamphetamine Use Triples Parkinson's RiskMethamphetamine Use Triples Parkinson's Risk
Residents of Utah who abuse methamphetamine face three times the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, and this risk may be particularly high in women. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - December 22, 2014 Category: Neurology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news