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Drug overdose deaths and toxicology tests: Let’s talk

December 2018—Drug overdose deaths in the United States continue to rise, and recently many of these deaths have been attributed to opioids, including fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and other opioid receptor agonists. The rise in drug overdoses and drug-related deaths, and the devastating effects of the opioid crisis, highlight the need for communication and coordination among forensic pathologists, hospital clinicians, and laboratorians.  

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Painstaking process of drug monitoring

August 2016—As optimists like to point out (in their annoying way), showing up is half the battle. But it’s still only half, as other, equally clear-eyed folks might point out. That leaves plenty to do. And in drug testing for chronic pain management, the work facing laboratories may seem like even more than 50 percent.

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Poisoning, overdose: Better technology, workflow improve patient odds

July 2016—As pronouncements by fictional detectives go, one of the most famous is Sherlock Holmes’ declaration to Dr. Watson: “When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Unfortunately, Holmes’ advice is no practical rule of thumb for solving the real-world mysteries of patient poisoning or overdose, because the possibilities are often so vast.

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