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…..

An interesting French locked room mystery

Paris police are investigating the disappearance of 51kg of cocaine from a supposedly locked and sealed room in their own headquarters on the banks of the Seine.

The cocaine “bricks” with a street value of around €2.5m (£2m) were seized a month ago after officers smashed a drug trafficking network in the capital.

They were supposed to be under lock and key at the force’s legendary headquarters at 36 Quai des Orfèvres, for ever associated with the fictional French detective Maigret.

Officials say the cocaine, placed in numbered evidence bags, was definitely still in the secured store room on 23 July when it was last checked, but was definitely missing on Thursday.

The bloke with the keys to the secured store room is believed to be on holiday near a Swiss Bank….

Tales from the Czech Republic

I see the news that Jamaica has decided to decriminalise ganja. I have to admit I didn’t know that they hadn’t already.

But a little tale from Bohemia for you….rather mixing both the meanings of Bohemian. The local police chief here is a nice man. Good for a chat over a bevvy. His girlfriend, who is the police chief of the town just up the road is also very nice. I have to admit that I did find one of our conversations a tad disconcerting. As it was some 15 minutes of his discussing where the best pot comes from and why he so likes visiting Jamaica.

All of what he said could be absolutely true, it’s just odd to hear it from a top copper.

Well, obviously

The UN doesn’t understand the British system of governance:

Britain has one of highest number of users of “legal highs” in Europe, a report from the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned.

The “unprecedented” spread of so-called legal highs has left doctors and nurses in Britain “powerless” to treat drug users who are unable to identify what substances they have taken.

Because, y’know, they’re legal. In our system anything that is not expressly illegal is legal. There’s no law against snorting onion rinds. Thus snorting onion rinds is legal.


Peaches and heroin

And now two little boys will grow up in the shadow of the knowledge that their grandmother and mother died of heroin abuse.

A fresh parcel of pain, all of their own, to nurture down the years.
And people still make excuses for drug users and campaign to decriminalise drugs? That is what really doesn’t make any sense.

Err, yes. Because legal drugs would come in clean, known, dosages thus making an overdose somewhere between unlikely and never happening.

Well of course heroin is “very agreeable”

Jeez, that’s the point of it after all.

Rock star Damon Albarn has come under fire after describing his past heroin use as “very agreeable and very creative”.

No one would take the stuff if it wasn’t agreeable. But of course we get the wowsers:

Mark Dempster, who is one of the country’s most respected addiction experts and runs a Harley Street drug counselling clinic, said it was very irresponsible for people in the public eye to dismiss the dangers of heroin.

He said: “It is really not a good idea for a rock star to suggest that heroin can help you be creative.

“In music you get this whole rock and roll thing where it is seen as living on the edge and living for the ultimate hit, but that is a rather naïve view.

“To send out a message that heroin is glamorous is very dangerous because you may have young people who are already smoking cannabis and this simply helps make the leap between the two that much easier.

“There maybe people who are able to take heroin recreationally for a short period of time, but the reality is that for most people, it does not take very long at all for you to become physically addicted.

Crippled JC on a pogo stick: no one ever becomes physically addicted to heroin. Psychologically addicted to it, yes, sure, but not physically. And the vast majority who use heroin at one time or another don’t even become that. Finally, near all the harms that do come from use come from the fact that the stuff’s illegal. Those who get hold of the pharmaceutically pure stuff (and there’s always a few in the medical system who do) have no particular problem in keeping themselves and their careers going for decades.

But that this is one of the country’s leading “drug counsellors” spouting this nonsense shows how absurd the ground over which this is debated is.

Well done to the Daily Mail here

Gaunt, sagging skin and sleep depraved: Here’s what the average person arrested for meth possession looks like

xx To highlight the negative effects that drugs and alcohol can have on a user’s appearance, Recovery.org compiled 100 mugshots to create the average male and female face for abusers of marijuana, alcohol and meth.

That would be sleep deprived then. And this has been up for 24 hours now too…..