designer drugs

Newly Emerging Drugs of Abuse and their Detection Methods

Li Liu, Sarah E Wheeler, Raman Venkataramanan, Jacqueline A Rymer, Anthony F Pizon, Michael J Lynch, Kenichi Tamama; Newly Emerging Drugs of Abuse and Their Detection Methods: An ACLPS Critical Review, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Volume 149, Issue 2, 29 January 2018, Pages 105–116,
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Objectives: Illicit drug abuse has reached an epidemic level in the United States. Drug overdose has become the leading cause of injury-related deaths since 2008 due to the recent surge of opioid overdose by heroin, controlled prescription drugs, and nonmethadone synthetic opioids.

Lethal Highs: How U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories Are Protecting America from Designer Drugs

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection
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This article summarizes the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in the area of counternarcotics. The CBP describes the challenges to addressing substance use when molecular manipulation is being used by drug manufacturing chemists.