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Medtox Public Safety Substance Abuse Journal - December Edition

In this issue:

  • Researchers Reverse the effects of Chronic Intoxication in Mice
  • Spice Users May face a Unique Form of Psychosis
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Medtox Public Safety Substance Abuse Journal - November Edition Now Available!

In this issue: 

  • What could be wrong with a little Dragon Fly? 
  • Drinking and House Fires: A Recipe for Disaster
  • Chronic Amphetamine Abuse May Result in Long-Term Changes in Brain Activity

And more........

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Medtox Public Safety Substance Abuse Journal - October Edition

In this issue: 

  • Buyer beware with poppy seed bagels.
  • "WET" Confounds Law Enforcement and Rehabilitation Specialists on West and East Coast.
  • Increase in poisonings of children in home coincide with proliferation of pain clinics.

And many more... 

Medtox Public Safety Substance Abuse Journal - October Edition

Medtox Public Safety Substance Abuse Journal - July Edition Now Available!

In this Month's issue: 

  • Drug used to treat Nausea Shows Promise in the Treatment of Opiate Withdrawal. 
  • Early Onset of Psychosis: More Bad News for Marijuana Users. 

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Medtox Public Safety Substance Abuse Journal - July Edition

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In this month's issue learn about Road Rage being a serious issue with Problem Drinkers, the Iconic Drug that Qualifies as the Godfather of all Sedatives.

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Pelican Products Canada Made the TOP 50 Defence Companies List

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Pelican Products Canada Named Among the TOP 50 Canadian Defence Companies

Edmonton, AB – May 4, 2011 – Canadian Defence Review magazine has named Pelican Products, Inc (Canada),  the global leader in design and manufacture of both high-performance protective case solutions and advanced portable LED lighting systems, to its list of 2011 TOP 50 Canadian Defence Companies.

Pelican Products Canada with a Canadian headquarters location in Edmonton, AB and a Pelican-Hardigg Advanced Case Center facility in St.Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC was ranked # 41 in the CDR annual survey for 2011.

"We are extremely honored to receive this recognition from such a well-respected publication," said Ed Meyer, General Manager of Pelican Products Canada. "This award is a very important achievement for Pelican Canada and will certainly stimulate our team to continue to deliver the toughest and most reliable high-performance case solutions and advanced lighting systems to the Canadian Defence community."

Scott Ermeti, VP of International Business at Pelican Products added, "This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our employees and to the superior products that Pelican provides to our Defence Forces."

CDR's annual survey and ranking of Canada's Top Defence Companies, now in its seventh year, expanded the annual survey in 2011 to include 50 defence companies, up from the previous 40. An evaluation panel consisting of CDR editorial staff and independent advisors, ranked the companies based on factors such as economic impact, innovation, contribution to the nation's security, and support of Canada's military.

To be included in the survey, the companies had to meet certain requirements, including having manufacturing, R&D or service operations in Canada.

The complete list of 2011 Top 50 Canadian Defence Companies can be found at www.CanadianDefenceReview.com.

About Pelican Products

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in design and manufacture of both high-performance protective case solutions and advanced portable LED lighting systems.  Our products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including firefighters, police, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer.  Pelican products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 12 countries, with 22 offices and six manufacturing facilities across the globe. For more information, visit www.Pelican.com or  www.behrmancap.com. 

Be on the Lookout for Kratom

Kratom Use Is on the Rise

Be On The Lookout For Immediate Release

The MEDTOX DAR Hotline has experienced a surge in inquiries about Kratom abuse. The DARS Journal has previously reported on the emergence of this drug as an abused substance. Kratom is a medicinal plant that is grown and harvested in Southeast Asia. Thailand and Malaysia are principle sources for this drug; Bali is the genesis for the most potent Kratom in the world. Processed like marijuana, Kratom leaves are plucked and then dried before being prepared as a powder or oily resin. KratomKratom crushed leaves or powder can be prepared as a tea or warm beverage, or can also be in capsule form. The drug can be sour tasting, and as a result, Kratom tea drinkers must add flavoring to the beverage to offset the bitterness. The effects of Kratom are dose dependent; with 3 to 5 grams of crushed Kratom leaf (or ½ teaspoon of Kratom 15X powdered extract) needed to get high. Some Kratom users choose to smoke the crushed leaf material in a hand-rolled cigarette. Burning Kratom smells similar to burning marijuana. A Kratom high will last some 2-3 hours with the euphoric effects coming in waves. The initial effects from Kratom are exhilarating and motivational; a later phase is more sedating and relaxing. The drug has qualities as a social lubricant. Some users cite Kratom as having aphrodisiac powers as well.

Kratom's biochemistry is unique. As a member of the Mitragyna plant family, Kratom is believed to exert its effects through interaction with delta and mu opiate receptor sites. To that extent, Kratom displays pharmacological similarities to Salvia divinorum, but the ultimate psychoactive effects are noticeably different. Mitragynineis the major alkaloid found in Kratom, 7-hydroxymitragynine is a minor alkaloid in Kratom that exhibits opiate-like analgesic effects that are similar or greater than morphine. The effects described as relaxing, anxiety reducing, and euphoric are most likely attributable to Kratom's activity at the delta and mu opiate receptors. In fact, there are anecdotal reports from many users that Kratom is an effective therapy for treating the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Many users have successfully weaned themselves off of prescription opiates through the use of Kratom. It stands to reason however that if Kratom is effective in ameliorating the effects of opiate withdrawal, then it is likely to cause opiate dependency if it is used over an extended period of time. Although there have been sporadic reports of users who have developed Kratom addictions, it is unclear whether or not true opioid mediated dependencies have occurred.

For DAR and DRE trained readers, symptoms of Kratom intoxication include the following:

·         Pulse- near normal

·         Blood pressure- near normal

·         Body temperature- near normal

·         Romberg internal clock- distorted

·         Pupil size- near normal (constriction in high doses)

·         Pupil reaction to light- slow

Kratom's effect on pupil size is difficult to gauge. In lower doses of 1-3 grams there appears to be little impact on pupil size. But when the dose of the drug reaches 5 or more grams, it is possible for there to be a noticeable slowing of the pupil's reaction to direct light. These effects are probably attributable to Kratom's interaction with delta and mu opiate receptor sites.

Like Salvia divinorum, Kratom is considered a dietary supplement. It is not a controlled substance; it is legal to possess. Head shops and Internet Kratom stores are experiencing brisk sales of its various Kratom products. Kratom is exhibitive of an emerging trend that transcends methods of modern toxicological monitoring. Kratom has been around for nearly 10 years, but only in the last year or two has it attracted widespread attention. With the emergence of K2 and Spice, bath salts, and plant food as drugs of abuse, Kratom's popularity has surged. And because it is viewed as a legal, safer alternative to other more caustic designer drugs, Kratom use will continue to grow and spread.

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April Medtox Journal Now Available

Find out if Cocaine use may have Gene-altering Effects on the Brain, or about Bugs, Microbes, and Parasites that are a hazard to intrvenous drug users in this months edtion of hte the Medtox Journal.

April 2011 Medtox Journal

Medtox Journal - March Edition

Potential for new pharmaceutical therapy to treat cocaine dependence, more bad news for marijuana users, and many other interesting topics in this months edition of the journal.

Medtox Journal - March 2011 Edition

Medtox Journal - February Edition Now Available!

Does mixing caffine with alcohol make a more alert driver? Read this any many more interesting articles in this month's edition.

Medtox Journal - February 2011 Edition

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