“Bath Salt” Drug Test Panel Expanded to Detect Seven New Compounds - 06/12/2012

SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Redwood Toxicology Laboratory (RTL) now offers an expanded urine drug test for 21 designer stimulants, commonly referred to as “bath salts.” The panel, which originally covered 14 chemicals, now detects seven newer-generation compounds: buphredrone, flephedrone, pentedrone, pentylone, eutylone, a-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (a-PVP), and 4-methylethcathinone.

Health and regulatory agencies face numerous challenges with these ever-changing designer drugs. Although the federal government enacted an emergency ban on three designer stimulants in late 2011, newer active ingredients continue to surface. According to the National Conference on State Legislatures, 12 states have already banned one or more of these next-generation drugs, and a federal ban is likely to follow.

Abuse of designer stimulants, marketed as bath salt products, remains pervasive, as they are easy to obtain, often produced with legal ingredients, and go undetected by standard urine testing. These drugs reportedly possess the worst characteristics of LSD, PCP, MDMA, cocaine, and methamphetamine, and often require users to seek immediate medical help. In 2011 alone, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) received an alarming 6,138 calls related to designer stimulant ingestion. read the full story here

AccuScreen has been utilizing RTL’s laboratory services for alternative substance testing for several years and we are excited that they continue to develop and research these dangerous chemical compounds. If you are interested in testing for any of designer stimulates and synthetic marijuana please contact AccuScreen at (800)383-6476.

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