Extinction Rebellion founder urges mass ingestion of drugs in protest at criminalisation
What’s causing this?
Scotland’s drugs death rate is now higher than the USA and every other country in Europe, and three times the UK average, according to shocking new figures.
The statistics released on Tuesday revealed that 1,187 people died following drug use last year, an increase of 27 per cent on 2017.
Methadone, the heroin substitute prescribed by the NHS to help heroin users, caused more deaths than the drug it is meant to replace and contributed to nearly half the total mortality figure.
The National Records of Scotland said the country now had a higher mortality rate than the whole of Europe.
Fentanyl in the heroin supply? I’ve heard this isn’t really a UK thing, given the already high purity of street heroin. So, what’s the change?
The statistics show that 72 per cent of those who died were male, with more than 1,000 deaths involving methadone, heroin and morphine. However, a large percentage of those who died – 792 – had also taken pills such as diazepam and etizolam.
It was reported last month that these “street valiums” can be bought for less than the price of a chocolate bar, at just 30p a pill in central Glasgow, and are often taken in conjunction with opiates, with fatal consequences.
This change in fashion and recipes?
Anyone got any good ideas as to why this rate is soaring? And no, lack of treatment options doesn’t cut it. Those who actually want off can get off.
Dealer who sold chemsex drugs to serial killer Stephen Port convicted of Bond actor’s murder
A man who sold chemsex drugs to serial killer Stephen Port has been found guilty of killing a former Bond actor with an overdose.
Gerald Matovu, 26, a drug dealer, met Eric Michels, 54, via Grindr in August last year.
He plied him with a fatal dose of GHB at Mr Michels’ home in Chessington, south-east London, then made off with his bank card details and other belongings.
Mr Michels, who had an uncredited role as a cocktail party guest in Skyfall,
That might be stretching it a bit, no?
Snack manufacturers are enjoying a boost in sales in American states that have decriminalised marijuana.
Possibly that minority who have never had the munchies but other than that?
The four-year compound annual growth rate of snack sales in these ten states is 7.2 per cent, compared with 6 per cent where cannabis remains illegal, a report by the market research company Nielsen found. The same rate of growth for confectionery is 2 per cent in decriminalised states and 1.3 per cent in illegal states.
Nielsen concluded that decriminalisation of the drug “presents big opportunities for the American food and beverage market, particularly for the snack and confectionery category”.
An academic study published this year appears to support the findings.
There is no other explanation for the McDonald’s cheeseburger after all…..
A Japanese man with 246 packets of cocaine in his stomach and intestines died mid-flight on his way from Bogota to Tokyo, authorities have said in northern Mexico where the plane made an emergency landing.
An autopsy found the man had swallowed 246 packets of cocaine, each measuring 1cm by 2.5cm. The cause of death was swelling of the brain caused by a drug overdose, prosecutors said.
We don’t get the third number to be able to calculate the volume. But I’ve got, if it’s 1 cm for that third, 600 cubic centimetres of cocaine. I’ll lost track of the zeros if I try to work through that but that is a lotta coke, isn’t it?
The genteel world of pétanque has been rocked by accusations that Belgian players use cocaine to give them a performance-enhancing edge in international matches.
British holidaymakers have long been charmed by the sight of aging players idly tossing their boules on the sun-kissed courts and squares of France.
But two leading Dutch pétanque internationals have sparked outrage in the sport by claiming that Belgian players dope in the hard-fought matches.
“I know enough Belgian players who use coke,” Edward Vinke, 46, told the the Vice sports website. “They go to the toilet and do not throw a wrong ball when they come back. They really feel like the king.”
“I experienced it once,” Kees Koogje, 27, told the website,“We were far ahead and had played flawlessly. Then they went to the bathroom for ten minutes and came back with huge eyes. Everything went well for them.”
Why would cocaine aid? Is it a confidence thing? Going for throws that more normally wouldn’t be tried but should be?
This is supposed to deter and warn is it, not encourage?
Foragers have been warned of an abundance of magic mushrooms after the mild winter caused the psychedelic fungi to thrive.
Specialists say the warmer weather means the psychedelic, naturally-occurring class-A drug has been found growing in large numbers across Staffordshire and Shropshire.
John Hughes, a fungi expert at Shropshire Wildlife Trust, warned: “The longer the season, the greater the risk foragers could accidentally pick something hallucinogenic, so with the warmer winter this is definitely more of a risk this year than in previous years.
Conspiracy theorist Max Spiers ‘died after taking anxiety drug’
Damn these modern drugs. A tin foil hat wouldn’t have caused this now, would it?
Doctors have been accused of denying medicinal cannabis to patients on the NHS despite its legalisation by Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary.
Patients are being forced to pay for the treatment privately or travel abroad after being told by doctors they are not entitled to the drug because there is no clinical evidence that it is beneficial.
They’ll not give you antibiotics for a cold either, on the grounds that there’s no clinical evidence that’s beneficial.
I seem to recall that a reader here knows the country. Something about Blantyre wanders around the back of memory.
What is needed is someone who knows the ruling apparatus. Who grants licences and how.
for an adventure of very great profit but none to know what it is.
A judge on Friday refused to block Nebraska from carrying out the state’s first-ever lethal injection despite a pharmaceutical company’s claims that the state illicitly obtained its drugs, clearing the way for the country’s first execution with fentanyl.
Not as if there’s a shortage of it about now, is it?
Two British amateur rugby players died after taking lethal doses of heroin while on a post-match night out in Sri Lanka, a judge has ruled.
Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, were on tour in the country when they died in May after suffering breathing difficulties.
We mentioned this when it happened. Heroin being an odd drug to take while nightclubbing.
But, you know, different places, different drugs. And snorting heroin like it’s cocaine is an excellent manner of going into respirtatory failure…..
Ex-drug addict and alcoholic who had THREE dealers on speed dial reveals how she overcame her £200 A WEEK cocaine habit
Tom Petty, the much-loved American rock star who passed away in October, died from an accidental drug overdose, it was revealed on Friday.
The music legend, best known for hits such as “Free Fallin'” and “American Girl”, died at the age of 66 after a “mixed toxicity” of a variety of medications, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office said.
Dana and Adria Petty, his wife and daughter, shared the results of the autopsy, which revealed the presence in his body of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl.
“Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip,” they said in a statement.
“Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.
Sounds a bit Michael Jackson to have been getting all those from the doctors, doesn’t it?
The drug that caused a mass overdose among nine backpackers who were taken to hospital in Perth has been identified as a common prescription drug called hyoscine, which is used to treat travel sickness.
The group of backpackers, aged 21 to 25, thought they were snorting cocaine on Tuesday night but suffered violent reactions, with three put in intensive care in induced comas.
The group reportedly included young people from France, Germany, Italy and Morocco.
Just another example of why legalisation is such a good idea. Tooting will happen – why not make sure it doesn’t kill people?
‘It’s all fentanyl’: opioid crisis takes shape in Philadelphia as overdoses surge
Nationally, over the past three years, fentanyl-related deaths have increased by 540%, and the epidemic is felt acutely in Philadelphia’s Kensington area
It’s the variability of the dose that kills:
Heroin itself rarely kills. Pharmaceutically pure that is, in measured doses. The two most common, by far, causes of overdoses are those coming back to it after a layoff, dosing as before and having lost much of their tolerance, and variable doses in the material itself.
Modern chemistry has made this very much worse with synthetics like fentanyl. It’s hugely cheaper and also very much stronger. More, the gap between a dose that produces a high and one that kills is very much smaller. Some to much “heroin” is now cut with such synthetics, making a dose even more of a lottery than it has traditionally been.
As we say, this is now enough of a problem that something really must be done. We’ve tried half a century of prosecuting, persecuting, those who simply wish to get high and as we can see that doesn’t work. Legalisation – no, not decriminalisation, full legalisation – is the only viable answer.
For it is the variability of the dose that is killing people. Only when brands appear with controlled and known dosages will the deaths stop. Thus we want to have such legal brands.
The Devil tells us what it’s all about.
The Egyptian sentence wasn’t far off what our own system might have provided. And rather less than it could have done if there were intent to supply.
When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the 80s, and by the time one in 10 people had slipped into the depths of heroin use – bankers, university students, carpenters, socialites, miners – Portugal was in a state of panic.
The government’s estimate of the peak is 1 in 100.
A common refrain of people emerging from hallucinatory highs, whether LSD, mescaline or peyote, is that consciousness-altering psychedelic drugs can make one more attuned to the natural world. But does that psychedelicized sense of the connectedness of all things persist once the high has faded?
A recent study from the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggests it does. In the study, psychologists from Yale University and the University of Innsbruck asked 1,487 about their psychedelic experiences and their self-reported environmentalist behaviors and affiliation for things “green.” The researchers also sought to identify common personality traits associated with drug use or relating to nature, such as openness to experience, conscientiousness and conservatism.
The researchers found that people who had used psychedelic drugs reported more environmentally friendly behaviors, such as recycling and reducing their carbon footprint. Many also reported a greater sense of oneness with nature. They also found that the more psychedelics used, the greater the sense of connectedness, and the greater the reported pro-environmental activities.
Frying your mind makes you recycle more. Hmm…..
But there have been calls for a review of the law after the first prosecutions involving laughing gas were dismissed by the trial judge, following successful legal challenges.
The wide-ranging law banning so-called legal highs came into force in May 2017 to stamp out the distribution, sale and supply of substances capable of producing a psychoactive effect.
A number of substances, including alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and medical products were excluded from the legislation.
Last month two men accused of trying to sell nitrous oxide at the Glastonbury music festival walked free from court after their lawyer argued the gas was exempt from the new psychoactive substance legislation, because it was also used for medical purposes.
Earlier this week a second case, involving an alleged supplier in London, also collapsed after the prosecution’s own expert witness admitted nitrous oxide was exempt under the current legislation.
Maybe MPs did mean to ban nitrous oxide. But the entire point of the CPS is to have someone deciding what should be prosecuted. And they should, above all, know what the actual law is.