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  1. Boy opens Lego kit to find $US40,000 of meth

    Key points: The Lego box contained about 1.3 kilograms of meth, much to the disappointment of the boy to received it as a present Investigators believe the drugs were shipped to the wrong address and held as unclaimed property by the postal service It's assumed the box was sold at auction before ending up at the second-hand shop Three US women bought a box of Lego from a second-hand shop while visiting South Carolina only to find that the box was actually filled with about $US40,000 worth...
  2. Officials warn public after deadly fentanyl-laced marijuana found, suspect arrested

    ONEIDA COUNTY, NY — An upstate New York sheriff’s office is warning the public after marijuana laced with fentanyl was found. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said Friday that an individual who was in possession of the laced marijuana was arrested. “With fentanyl laced marijuana now confirmed to be in New York State, I am extremely concerned for the safety of anyone using marijuana. Everyone needs to be aware that the potential of getting fentanyl laced marijuana is possible and the...
  3. Ohio coroner: 'We have seen fentanyl mixed with marijuana'

    (AP photo/ Mel Evans) WLWT-TV - CINCINNATI, OH (WLWT) -- Synthetic opiates like fentanyl have been found in marijuana, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco confirmed to NBC affiliate WLWT-TV Monday. Fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, has been linked to a surge of fatal overdoses across the county. It has been showing up in other drugs across the area. "We have seen fentanyl mixed with cocaine, we have also seen fentanyl mixed with marijuana,"...
  4. Sugar high: the yeast that can be used to brew cannabis, not beer

    Scientists develop GM strain that can produce cannabinoid compounds with addition of sugar The scientists say the process is considerably cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly than extracting the compounds from marijuana plants. Photograph: Bea Kallos/EPA Scientists in California have developed a strain of yeast that can be used to brew cannabis extract rather than beer. With just the addition of sugar, the genetically modified yeast fermented to produce pure cannabinoid...
  5. Diamond CBD/Pot Network Holdings Products Contains Synthetic Cannabinoids

    Michelle Peace regularly monitors online message boards to see what people are vaping, what got them high, and what gave them bad side effects. As a toxicologist and vaping expert at Virginia Commonwealth University, part of her job is to evaluate how electronic cigarettes are being used for substances other than nicotine. But the tip about online company Diamond CBD came via phone, she says—someone called and said they purchased a CBD product and got extremely high after taking it. CBD, or...
  6. New Zealand to pay out millions after thousands wrongly evicted for drug use

    Overzealous meth testing regime unnecessarily made some public housing tenants homeless Thousands of public housing tenants in New Zealand will receive millions of dollars in compensation and an apology from the government for being wrongly evicted after incorrect meth testing of their homes. Under the previous government, Housing New Zealand (HNZ) ended more than 800 tenancies on the basis that the houses could be contaminated because methamphetamine had been cooked or smoked on the...
  7. Secret tunnels discovered between the skull and the brain

    Study suggests immune cells rush through channels to get to injured tissue quickly Bone marrow, the spongy tissue inside most of our bones, produces red blood cells as well as immune cells that help fight off infections and heal injuries. According to a new study of mice and humans, tiny tunnels run from skull bone marrow to the lining of the brain and may provide a direct route for immune cells responding to injuries caused by stroke and other brain disorders. The study was funded in part...
  8. Alison Mau: Kiwi innovation can make us world-leaders in medicinal cannabis

    Ralph Ballinger sounds like such a good bloke, the in real old-school Kiwi sense of the term. A hero in World War II, he was aboard the one ship that survived the Luftwaffe's first major assault, at the Battle of Crete, and was then drafted to the Cambridge Agricultural Institute to help develop plants to feed the British people. He protested that although he had an agricultural degree, he didn't know much about creating seed stock. They just told him to get on with it, and that he did....
  9. USA - 'Every dollar he touched was used for drugs': Couple accused of stealing some of $400,000

    A couple accused of stealing some of the $400,000 the public raised for a homeless man insist they were simply trying to stop him wasting it all on drugs. Johnny Bobbitt, 35, made headlines around the world in November after he used his last money on gas for New Jersey woman Kate McClure. McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico set up GoFundMe page dedicated to changing Bobbitt's life and it attracted hundreds of thousands of donations. But nine months on, the couple admit just over...
  10. Oklahoma Medicaid tests new tactic to curb U.S. drug costs

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A new front in the battle over the cost of expensive medicines in the United States is opening up in Oklahoma, the first state where the government’s Medicaid program is negotiating contracts for prescription drugs based on how well they work. FILE PHOTO: The Oklahoma State Capitol is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz/File Photo In June, Oklahoma received approval from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
  11. Tackling drug resistance on Asian farms with apps and a dictionary

    ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In his first 12 years working as a vet in Bangladesh, Bikash Chandra Saha routinely prescribed antibiotics. Then he learned of the devastating impact of antimicrobial resistance on human health - and it revolutionized his treatment choices. The growing resistance of deadly diseases to antimicrobial drugs such as antibiotics is seen as one of the biggest threats to human health, but awareness of the dangers of overuse remains low, particularly in...
  12. What Do Blind People 'See' When They Take LSD?

    The consciousness-altering drug LSD is best known for its bizarre visual effects: even a small dose of the drug can turn the flat walls of your living room into something out of Wonderland. Objects bend, colors blend and intricate patterns cast a shimmer on everything you see. But what would LSD feel like if you couldn't see? In an unusual case report published in the April issue of the journal Cognition and Consciousness, a blind 70-year-old former rock musician has some answers. [Read the...
  13. Kellyanne Conway on avoiding opioids: Eat the ice cream, have the french fries

    Kellyanne Conway — rumored to be the next White House communications director — drew a strong reaction on social media with a joke about drug use at a forum for millennials. Introducing Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and the Department of Justice’s Sarah Isgur Flores, Conway discussed fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is significantly more potent than heroin. “On our college campuses, your folks are reading the labels, won’t put any sugar in their body, they don’t eat carbs...
  14. People are using heavy duty bug sprays to get high and it's really dangerous

    INDIANAPOLIS -- In a state where drug overdoses continue to rise, people are finding new ways to get high and emergency crews are warning about one of the latest dangerous trends: bug spray. Indianapolis firefighters are making several runs a day because of the toxic concoction that's known as KD. To create the high, people are using "heavy duty" bug sprays like RAID and Wasp that have high concentrations of Pyrethroids and spraying them on other drugs like marijuana, spice and tobacco...
  15. Doctor Issues Warning Over Dangerous And Deadly Masturbation - But Don't Worry, It's Safe If You Don

    Gone are the days of masturbation being viewed as a shameful act linked to madness, disease, and general nastiness. Nowadays, even the most prudish of medical professionals would agree masturbation has numerous health benefits. That said, there is harmless fun and then there are downright dangerous delights. Speaking to the German daily newspaper Bild, forensic physician Dr Herald Voss warned that between 80 and 100 people in Germany die each year from their risky masturbation practices....
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