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When The Big Hand Touches The Little Hand

  • In a filthy Shanghai laboratory, chemists make batches of mephedrone – and a new incarnation of the ‘plant food’ linked to the deaths of British teenagers. Never heard of the drugs Eric-1 and Eric-2? That’s the point.
  • Which brings us to cannabis, the greenest fix of all. The same U.N. report finds that a square meter of marijuana cultivation can support 250 dose units of the drug. About the same amount of land—200,000 hectares—is under cultivation for cannabis, cocaine, and heroin around the world, but the cannabis is getting a heck of a lot more people high. For users in the United States, it also has the relative advantage of being produced in large quantities on American soil. About half of our marijuana supply comes from domestic sources—with minimal “drug miles” and a slimmer carbon footprint.
  • I went to my appointment with “Dr C’ in Los Angeles with a shopping list of the most commonly abused types of drug: pain relievers, tranquillisers, stimulants and sedatives. Beforehand, a local addiction specialist, Bernadine Fried, had briefed me on how to approach your doctor like an addict and still come away with fistfuls of pills. The script went like this: “Say, ‘I just went to my first NA meeting, I’m struggling with my addiction. I’m super anxious, but I also have these pain issues from an old injury.’” Fried stops to think. “Right, what do we have there? He should have given you an opiate [painkiller], Xanax [benzodiazepine tranquilliser, a new-generation Valium] and maybe an antidepressant. Now we just need a stimulant, such as Adderall, and a sleeping pill. Say, ‘I’m having a hard time focusing and my work is so important to me and it’s all that’s keeping me going at this difficult time.’ Oh, and then say, ‘I can’t sleep.’”
  • The kits include condoms, needles, syringes, alcohol swabs, push sticks, plastic tubes and cookers. The kits help reduce the risk of transmitting diseases like HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis C by replacing broken and dirty glass tubes drug users commonly use to inhale drugs.
  • Don MacNeil, a retired Glendale police lieutenant and narcotics expert, explained to the officers how the body reacts to drugs. Oxycontin, a painkiller, can reach the brain the fastest, giving the user an instant high, he said. Smoking a drug is the fastest way to get high, he said. The second quickest way is injecting the drug. “Most drugs of abuse are used by smoking,” MacNeil said. Heroin is the most used drug in Los Angeles County, Lorenz told officers. Certain prescription pills that are opiates are also gaining popularity among drug users. A bottle of certain prescription pills, he said, “might as well be 40 bags or balloons of heroin.”
  • A New York company responsible for accepting billboard ads says it rejected one about New York’s marijuana arrest policies because it “attacks” Mayor Michael Bloomberg. DPA Bloomberg billboard Titan 360 initially said they refused the Drug Policy Alliance billboard (above) due to “politics from the Mayor’s office,” then maintained they don’t accept “personal attack” billboards. “It’s a free country,” the Mayor’s office responded. “People can say what they want.”

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