People still aren’t getting this right

Shkreli, who hit the headlines last year after he hiked the price a life-saving drug often given to people with HIV or cancer from $13.50 to $750 a pill, is accused of defrauding investors in hedge funds he ran.

It’s not often given. There’s some 750 or so patients a year last I recall.

And the scandal here isn’t Shkreli, it’s the absurd FDA regulatory system which means he was able to game it as he did. It’s the FDA which needs the reform….

Well, no, he didn’t really, did he?

A man who smuggled £300,000 worth of cocaine through Gatwick Airport in a secret compartment in a suitcase has been jailed for six years.

Hudson Kenuet Rohan Prescod, from the Caribbean island of St Vincent, was stopped by Border Force officers last month, after arriving on a flight from St Lucia.

A sharp probe inserted into the base of a suitcase revealed a white paste substance, which later tested positive for cocaine.

More than 2kg of cocaine were found to be concealed within the false bottom of the suitcase.

It would be rather truer to say that A man who smuggled £300,000 worth of cocaine to Gatwick Airport in a secret compartment in a suitcase has been jailed for six years.

The pressures of academia

The other thing I hadn’t expected was the scale of the workload. The teaching commitment was high – about 10 contact hours per week (double what I had experienced before). During term time, I was spending the whole working week either teaching or preparing to teach, with no time for research.

Drove the poor dear to heroin it did. Admittedly, exposure to students for 10 hours a week might do that to me too but still, hardly a horrible workload is it?

And that is only in term time, what, 26 weeks a year even at the Polys?

Sharapova not taking coke shocker

Meldonium, which Sharapova said she had legally taken throughout her career, was placed on the banned list by the World Doping Anti-Agency (WADA) at the beginning of the year following “evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance”.

Some readers come over all lascivious at the thought of Ms. Sharapova. And why not: but would it enhance that reputation if she were a coke snorting party blonde?

Or just some performance enhancing stuff.

Err, performance enhancing, fnarr fnarr.

Facebook is cocaine!

Facebook addiction ‘activates same part of the brain as cocaine’

Internet addiction activates the same areas of the brain as drugs such as cocaine, but is much easier to quit, a study suggests

Or, as we might rewrite the story.

Things that humans enjoy doing light up the parts of human brains that register the things that humans enjoy doing.

Drug trials do their job

One person is brain dead and five others are seriously ill after taking part in a drug trial for an unnamed pharmaceutical firm at a clinic in north-west France.

But wait!

The ministry did not say what the new medicine was intended to be used for, but a source close to the case told AFP that the drug was a painkiller containing cannabinoids, an active ingredient found in cannabis plants.

Cannabinoids cause brain death? Well, doesn’t that explain a lot of the 1960s then?

Should have taken a larger dose

One thing you don’t generally expect at a homoeopathy conference is for any of the “medicines” to have drastic side effects.
So when 29 delegates at an alternative medicine seminar in Germany started staggering around the site, suffering from violent convulsions, delusions and hallucinations, police suspected foul play.
It now appears that what the intoxicated delegates had taken was not homoeopathic medicine, but instead a dangerous psychedelic drug.
Tests indicate they had all taken 2C-E, or Aquarust, an amphetamine that was banned in Germany in 2014.

I’m surprised this took this long

Border authorities say they have thwarted an attempt to smuggle nearly 30lb of heroin from Mexico to the United States for the first time.
Two California men pleaded guilty to using drones to airlift the drugs into the country on Wednesday.
It was the first drug seizure involving a drone along California’s border with Mexico, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego. She was unaware of any other drone-related seizure on the 1,954-mile divide between the two countries.
Jonathan Elias, 18, and Brayan Valle, 19, admitted in federal court Tuesday that they drove to a field in Calexico, California, in April to pick up a bag with 28.6 pounds of heroin that was sent across the border by drone.

Not that I am in the drugs business but if I were I would have been doing this for some years now…..and also funding research into long distance drones.

Cocaine makes you more socialist

What if there were a pill that made you more compassionate and more likely to give spare change to someone less fortunate? UC Berkeley scientists have taken a big step in that direction.

A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as ensuring that resources are divided more equally.

OK. The mechanism is dopamine. Both cocaine and speed increase that dopamine. Thus cocaine and speed make you more socialist.

Or, as we should properly read this, socialists are drug addled.

I’ve been waiting for this

Smuggling illicit drugs across international borders can now be added to pizza delivery and targeted assassinations on the growing list of applications for drones.

Police in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said a small unmanned aerial vehicle overloaded with methamphetamine had crashed into a supermaket car park.

Always thought it was an obvious use of the technology.

I believe this research, no, really…..

Cannabis can be as addictive as heroin or alcohol, causes mental health problems and can lead to hard drug use, according to a major new study led by a leading British expert on addiction.

The research, conducted over 20 years by Professor Wayne Hall, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, links use of cannabis to a wide range of harmful side-effects, from mental illness to lower academic attainment to impaired driving ability.

And the source?

Wayne Denis Hall (AM) is Inaugural Professor and Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland. He was formerly an NHMRC Australia Fellow at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (2010-2013), Professor of Public Health Policy in the School of Population Health (2005–2010) and Director of the Office of Public Policy and Ethics at Institute for Molecular Biosciences (2001–2005), at the University of Queensland. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He has written widely on the ethical and policy issues associated with the genetics and neurobiology of addiction, mental disorders and cancer.[1]

Wayne Hall was the Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW during 1994 to 2001. Since 1993, Wayne Hall has made large contribution in the field of public health in the area of drug use, addiction, treatment, ethics, and research as World Health Organization’s expert adviser. As a “Highly Cited Author” identified by the Institute for Scientific Analysis, he is dedicated to public health research with other authors such as Lucke J, Degenhardt L, Chapman S, and Gartner C. Professor Wayne Hall is currently working as a NHMRC Australia Fellow on addiction neuroethics (see www.addiction-neuroethics.com) and his research interests include alcohol and drug research and education, cancer prevention, epidemiology, health policy, mental health, pharmacoeconomics and policy, and tobacco control.

On second thoughts, no, I don’t believe this research.

Evidence of his mindset:

In Australia, the most effective and efficient ways to reduce alcohol-related harm – increasing taxation, and restricting availability and alcohol promotion – are politically unpopular. This mismatch between evidence and public support says much about the successful lobbying of the alcohol industry and its “independent” apologists.

Alcohol is not like tobacco, the alcohol lobby constantly remind us: tobacco smoking kills half of its regular consumers but alcohol can be used in ways that don’t harm drinkers. Indeed, in low doses, they argue, alcohol may even be good for us – although as the National Health and Medical Research Council notes, even this is debatable.

Alcohol can indeed be used in moderation to enhance sociability and the enjoyment of food. But sadly most of the alcohol consumed in Australia is not used in these ways. If it were, the alcohol industry would be a great deal less profitable than it is.

Around four-fifths of all alcohol consumed in Australia by people between the ages of 14 and 24 is used in ways that put drinkers and others’ health at risk. This is why the industry opposes policies that will reduce alcohol-related harm – they will also reduce their profits.

The claim that alcohol and tobacco are different belies the fact that the two industries have long been intertwined. Big Tobacco used its ill-gotten profits to buy into the alcohol industry and senior executives and board members are on the boards of major alcohol industry players (and vice versa).

No, I definitely don’t believe him.

And yes, they’re lying desperately now

E-cigarettes designed to help people quit smoking may act as a ”gateway” to harmful illicit drugs, researchers have said.

Like conventional cigarettes, the devices are said to raise the risk of addiction to banned substances such as cannabis and cocaine.

Scientists pointed out that while eliminating many of the toxic compounds found in tobacco, e-cigarettes delivered highly addictive ”pure nicotine”.

In mice, nicotine was found to alter brain biochemistry and prime the animals to develop a need for cocaine.

So, smoking incidence has fallen in recent decades. Cocaine use is up. Tehrefore smoking leads to cocaine use.

Do fuck off you ghastly little wankers.

We’re going to need a new explanation of why heroin works then


We’re always being told this, but again, there is no scientific evidence for it, Dr Mosely told Ruth Langsford.

‘The endorphin molecules are simply too big to cross the blood-brain barrier.

‘I personally find exercise doesn’t boost my mood at all.’

Maybe that’s true, although I very much doubt it. But if it is then we’re going to need a new explanation of why opiates feel good, aren’t we? Given that they mimic the behaviour of endorphins and all…..