Talking about Things You Don’t Understand

Some clarifications in response to some very confused statements over the past few days. 1.  Amphetamine is a particular molecule: It isn’t a category.  Stimulant is the category.  Amphetamine has nine carbon atoms, 13 hydrogen atoms and a nitrogen atom that are arranged in a very specific way.  There aren’t…

What is Does it Mean to be “Nanograms Over”?

As a nanomaterials research, I usually love seeing the word ‘nano’ in the news, but not in reference to finding out that AJ Allmendinger’s ‘B’ sample tested positive “within nanograms”.  I would have been very surprised if the B sample had come out any different than the A sample –…

An Open Letter to Randy LaJoie: What the Media Hasn’t Said.

It was quite a surprise getting into the car Tuesday and turning the radio to my favorite Sirius NASCAR  show.  A very distraught Randy LaJoie was explaining that NASCAR was about to announce that they had suspended him for testing positive for marijuana.  The details are widely available, so I…

The Mayfield Mess: Distinguishing Meth from Legal Drugs

C’mon, will Chad Knaus please push the limits of the gray area so that I can write about something other than drugs? But that’s the big news (again) this week given that someone leaked that the drug Jeremy Mayfield tested positive for was methamphetamine. Amphetamine (C9H13N) is a psychostimulant. Methamphetamine…

What Do Drug Tests Really Tell You?

I’m behind the curve again, having had final exams to grade and such, but with all the talk about Jeremy Mayfield’s suspension for failing a drug test, I had to write something about drug tests and what you can reliably conclude from them. Disclaimer: I’m not a medical doctor, but…

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