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  • Largest US seizure of meth

    Australian police have arrested six people after what authorities say was the largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kilograms (3,800 pounds) of the drug were...
  • Largest fentanyl bust ever

    PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the deadly synthetic opioid from a load of Mexican produce heading into...
  • Magic Mushrooms to soothe the dying

    Magic mushrooms to soothe the dying A landmark study in Australia will use psilocybin to induce what's come to be known as a "classical mystical experience". Is this the start of a "mushrooming mental health zeitgeist"? In 2015, Ian Roullier...
  • Discovery finds link between the brain and the immune system

    Discovery Finds Link Between the Brain and the Immune System In a stunning discovery made by the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, researchers have overturned decades of textbook teaching by determining that there is a direct...
  • MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users

    Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests. University of Exeter scientists compared the empathy levels of 25 people who used multiple drugs including MDMA, 19 people who used...
  • Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? Indonesia cashes in on Kratom

    Kratom stimulates the same brain receptors as morphine although it produces much milder effects Pontianak, Indonesia - The sweltering backwaters of Indonesian Borneo have become the unlikely ground zero for the global production and export of...
  • USA - Tennessee bill would charge pregnant women who use illegal drugs

    Lawmakers in Tennessee introduced a bill that would charge women with assault if found to have used illegal drugs while pregnant and if the baby was born addicted or harmed by the drug use. The bill, known as HB1168 and SB658, was filed by state...
  • UK: buprenorphine problems appear. Prices rising.

    A 700% spike in the price of a drug used to wean addicts off heroin has caused alarm among treatment agencies, which warn of a rise in drug-related deaths unless urgent action is taken to make it more affordable. Buprenorphine is an alternative...
  • Boredom is egos largest enemy

    Boredom is egos largest enemy. Why? Try it yourself: sit in lotus posture if possible for about 10 minutes and focus only on your breath. You might feel it under your nostrals or in the back of the nose, maybe in your throat or all the way down...
  • Australia - In debates about drug use, fun is important

    Millions of Australians use, or have used, illicit substances at some point in their life, while millions more are regular users of legal drugs such as alcohol, tobacco or sleeping pills.While some people become heavy users of alcohol or other...
  1. Discovery finds link between the brain and the immune system

    Discovery Finds Link Between the Brain and the Immune System In a stunning discovery made by the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, researchers have overturned decades of textbook teaching by determining that there is a direct correlation between the brain and the immune system. For years scientists have been trying to correlate the relationship between the two, yet they lacked the evidence to show how our thoughts and feelings (or neurochemistry) could affect our overall health....
  2. UK: buprenorphine problems appear. Prices rising.

    A 700% spike in the price of a drug used to wean addicts off heroin has caused alarm among treatment agencies, which warn of a rise in drug-related deaths unless urgent action is taken to make it more affordable. Buprenorphine is an alternative to methadone that reduces the symptoms of withdrawal and lessens the desire to use heroin. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people in England use the drug, which offers a reduced risk of overdose compared with methadone. Earlier this year it...
  3. Boredom is egos largest enemy

    Boredom is egos largest enemy. Why? Try it yourself: sit in lotus posture if possible for about 10 minutes and focus only on your breath. You might feel it under your nostrals or in the back of the nose, maybe in your throat or all the way down to your lungs and belly. As long as you follow your breath with gentle precision. Sooner or later you will notice that you were distracted by thoughts, feelings, sensations, emotions, pain, anxiety, noises etc. When you realise this, gently...
  4. USA - Tennessee bill would charge pregnant women who use illegal drugs

    Lawmakers in Tennessee introduced a bill that would charge women with assault if found to have used illegal drugs while pregnant and if the baby was born addicted or harmed by the drug use. The bill, known as HB1168 and SB658, was filed by state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Tenn.) and state Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tenn.), a local CBS station reported Tuesday. Under the legislation, a woman could be prosecuted for assault if she is found guilty of using an illegal narcotic drug during her...
  5. Australia - In debates about drug use, fun is important

    Millions of Australians use, or have used, illicit substances at some point in their life, while millions more are regular users of legal drugs such as alcohol, tobacco or sleeping pills.While some people become heavy users of alcohol or other drugs as a way of coping with past trauma or mental illness, this is not the story for millions of others. Young (and older) people use drugs and alcohol for fun, enjoyment and socialisation. NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann summed it up well when she...
  6. MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users

    Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests. University of Exeter scientists compared the empathy levels of 25 people who used multiple drugs including MDMA, 19 people who used multiple drugs not including MDMA and 23 people who used alcohol only. Users of MDMA reported feeling much more empathy – and were better at identifying the emotions of others on a computer task – than people who took multiple drugs not including...
  7. Largest US seizure of meth

    Australian police have arrested six people after what authorities say was the largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kilograms (3,800 pounds) of the drug were seized in mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin. The drugs were hidden in metal boxes and falsely labelled as loudspeakers. It was also the largest haul of meth, or ice, intercepted...
  8. Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? Indonesia cashes in on Kratom

    Kratom stimulates the same brain receptors as morphine although it produces much milder effects Pontianak, Indonesia - The sweltering backwaters of Indonesian Borneo have become the unlikely ground zero for the global production and export of Kratom, a tree leaf hailed by some as a miracle cure for everything from opioid addiction to anxiety. Part of the coffee family, the leaf has been used for centuries in South-east Asia and Papua New Guinea for its pain-relieving and mildly stimulating...
  9. Magic Mushrooms to soothe the dying

    Magic mushrooms to soothe the dying A landmark study in Australia will use psilocybin to induce what's come to be known as a "classical mystical experience". Is this the start of a "mushrooming mental health zeitgeist"? In 2015, Ian Roullier tripped on a high dose of magic mushrooms while lying in a hospital bed in London’s Imperial College. Ian had been depressed his entire adult life — as a kid, he and his sister had been repeatedly abused by their father, and the effects of that trauma...
  10. Largest fentanyl bust ever

    PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the deadly synthetic opioid from a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona. PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the deadly synthetic opioid from a load of Mexican produce heading into...
  11. How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemic And what it can teach us about the second

    When historians trace back the roots of today’s opioid epidemic, they often find themselves returning to the wave of addiction that swept the U.S. in the late 19th century. That was when physicians first got their hands on morphine: a truly effective treatment for pain, delivered first by tablet and then by the newly invented hypodermic syringe. With no criminal regulations on morphine, opium or heroin, many of these drugs became the "secret ingredient" in readily available, dubiously...
  12. Exposure to cannabis alters the genetic profile of sperm

    Whether genetic changes can be reversed or are passed on to children is still unknown. THC appeared to impact hundreds of different genes in rats and humans, but many of the genes did have something in common -- they were associated with two of the same major cellular pathways. As legal access to marijuana continues expanding across the U.S., more scientists are studying the effects of its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in teens, adults and pregnant women. New research...
  13. China sentences Canadian man to death for drug smuggling

    A court in China has sentenced a Canadian to death for drug smuggling in a ruling which will worsen a diplomatic row between the two countries. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg told the court in Dalian: "I am not a drug smuggler". Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was originally given a 15-year jail term in 2018 but after an appeal the court said the sentence was too lenient. Monday's ruling comes weeks after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, a top official at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, on a request from...
  14. Scotland - New law will bring "zero tolerance" approach to drug driving

    New laws to introduce a "zero tolerance" approach to drug driving are being proposed by the Scottish government. Ministers want to make it easier for the police to target people driving with illegal drugs, such as cannabis and cocaine, in their bloodstream. The plan would do away with the existing need to prove someone was driving in an impaired manner as a result of taking drugs. The crackdown will begin in October. Currently in Scotland it is illegal to drive if impaired by drugs -...
  15. Harm Reduction as Pleasure Activism

    Harm Reduction as Pleasure Activism "In 2004, organizer Adrienne Maree Brown described the links between pleasure activism and harm reduction: “Some people think I’ve spent the last several years of my life working with raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, destigmatizing drug use, and ending overdose, but really it’s about breaking down barriers to pleasure. So I’m a pleasure activist.” Certainly Brown is not alone in this sentiment. “I don’t think we do acknowledge the pleasure though,”...
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