The United States has an opioid problem. Heroin overdose deaths rates have tripped since 2010 according to one report — and overall opioid overdose death rates have tripled since 2000. It's not going away.
US federal authorities recently searched the property of Kyle Lamar Myers, the guy who's famous for pretending to be Russian then shooting huge guns and causing violent explosions on the popular YouTube channel FPSRussia. Before the search, the sheriff of Franklin County, Georgia arrested Myers for receiving drugs in the mail. And the story only gets crazier from there.
President Trump's proposed wall along the US-Mexico border is stupid for many reasons. But one of the most obvious reasons is that it's really easy to get over the wall using modern technology. That's precisely what an American man did recently when he tried to smuggle 6kg of meth from Mexico using a hobby drone.
Past research has suggested that magic mushrooms can help with the existential anxiety of cancer, positively change personalities, and even help kick nicotine addictions.
Let's say you've got some pretty severe arthritis pain. Your doctor prescribes you the same anti-inflammatory they have prescribed everyone else, and it works! This new drug has given you new life! But then, you start hearing disturbing news reports — the same drug seems to be causing an increase in the rates of heart attacks and strokes. What do you do? How do you weigh the risks and the benefits?
If you're the type of person that has trouble remembering to say, take your birth control or heart medication every day, technology offers a solution. Pillboxes, these days, are tricked out pieces of tech. For $US100 ($130) or less, you can buy one that syncs to your phone, reminds you to take your pills, and even tattles on you to your loved ones if you fail to heed its persistent beeps. Trouble is, the things might not actually work.
Cocaine, as they say, is a hell of a drug. It affects three of the neurotransmitters in our brains that make us feel fantastic — dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine — and tolerance for the stuff doesn't seem to dissipate even months after quitting. (It's also expensive and bad for you.) Today, new research published in Translational Psychiatry adds another bizarre facet to one of the world's most popular drugs: The cocaine addicts in your life have unusual deposits of iron in their brains.
Video: Ghost Recon: Wildlands looks like a massive departure from previous games in the series, swapping out linear missions for a South American open-world adventure in a fictional Bolivia ripped apart by the war on drugs. It's even getting its own companion documentary, called Wildlands, about the continent's massive drug trade and the battles to contain it.
People who have "experimented" with LSD know that its mind-altering effects can last upwards of 18 to 24 hours, which is unusual for a hallucinogenic drug. After nearly 30 years of research, scientists have finally mapped the physical structure of this fascinating molecule, revealing why it tends to linger in the brain.