drugs

Chocolate Was Once Considered A Powerful Cure-All Drug 

Feeling a bit under the weather? Have some chocolate: the best medical minds of the seventeenth century claim that it will cure just about anything. Seriously.


How Research Scientists Get Free Illegal Drugs From The US Government 

On an obscure web page that looks like it’s been barely updated in the last decade there’s a link to download a PDF with the unassuming name of “NDSP Catalogue“. Click it and you’ll find pretty much every drug you can dream up: meth, cocaine, heroin, MDMA — nearly 800 compounds in all. Welcome to the scientist’s stash of illegal drugs, available for free from the US government.


This Drone Crashed While Trying To Deliver 2.7kg Of Meth

The future of drug smuggling lies not with stomachs lined with coke-filled condoms or baboons ferrying floating smack balloon parcels, but with high-flying drones. Or at least it would if the dealers could keep the things from crashing.


Ulbricht Admits To Founding Online Drug Site, Says He's No Drug Dealer

The first day of the trial of Ross Ulbricht, alleged kingpin behind The Silk Road, is over with just one bombshell revelation: Ulbricht is admitting that he founded the website. But he’s denying being the drug-dealing mastermind the feds make him out to be.


Doctors Used To Harvest Penicillin From Urine

Despite all the wonderful advancements in medical science, humanity does forget about a clever technique from time to time. Case in point: we used to recycle non-processed penicillin from patient’s urine and now we don’t anymore.


Spam Drugs Are Killing People And No One Is Doing Anything About It

Open your spam folder right now and there’s almost certainly a grammatically questionable spam email offering you V1agra or C1al1s. But while you know that any pills procured from shady online retailers aren’t regulated, apparently some people can’t stop buying them. Brian Krebs reports that the problem is out of control.


Why Miracle Drugs Exist And You Can't Have Them

It’s supposedly getting easier for innovative drugs for rare diseases like Duchenne muscular dystrophy to reach the market. So why, asks Andy Extance, is hesitancy still proving devastating to desperate families?


Silk Road 3 Is Already Up, But It's Not The Future Of Darknet Drugs

There are three things you can count on in life: Death, taxes, and people buying drugs on the internet. Yesterday, the FBI seized black market website Silk Road 2.0 and charged the alleged admin Blake Benthall in federal court, trumpeting its bust with a sassy takedown notice.


FBI: Shutting Down Silk Road 2 Was Just The Start

Yesterday, we learned that The Silk Road 2.0 has a new, Fed-shaped landing page. But the FBI isn’t just stopping at hitting one illegal online drug market: it looks like it’s taking down everything it can get its hands on.


Should The Rich Be Able To Buy Places On Clinical Trials?

“But you have missed the bigger idea!” exclaimed Peter Lanciano, grabbing the pepper grinder and banging it on the table. “The problem isn’t how to get my drug into Mr Pepperpot. The problem is how to protect me from being sued if Mr Pepperpot dies.”