Reviewing Stories of Drug Use and Abuse So Far in 2017: ETG, NICOTINE, AND MORE

We have been following several important topics from both a scientific and societal angle throughout the year.  The previous series of posts highlighted the information and articles we found one category at a time.  This last entry is about a variety of subjects related to drug use and abuse. 

CANNABINOID STRUCTURE

This article reports groundbreaking information about the cannabinoid receptor structure: 

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/cannabinoid-receptor-structure-revealed

CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

In February we posted two articles about the recent California legalization of marijuana.  The first revealed the political complications with California's marijuana legalization:

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-marijuana-20170201-story.html

The second reviews the legal issues around marijuana legalization: 

http://ow.ly/TAJ7309e0Sl

KRATOM

In March, Pyxis VP Dr. Francisco Rojas wrote a blog post about Kratom and its alkaloids.  We followed up the post with this article about the DEA ban on Kratom:

http://ow.ly/4iHr309DRSg

ETG

In April we highlighted this article about how EtG (a biomarker for alcohol metabolization) can detect alcohol usage in the urine: 

 http://ow.ly/HaVk30b8zpu

NICOTINE

Finally, in June we posted about the interesting ways that tests for substances like nicotine and cotinine are being applied:

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2017/01/city_police_unions_come_to_fiv.html