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March 21, 2014

Sick kid given experimental drug after social media campaign, and guess what? It worked.

  • cause Josh Hardy, 7, was suffering from a severe battle with adenovirus due to a weakened immune system. However, the maker of brincidofovir, an experimental drug which would have allowed him to fight the disease, refused to give him the treatment. (By the way, we should note that Hardy has beaten cancer FOUR times.)
  • effect His family launched a media campaign to convince the company, Chimerix, to give him the drug. Eventually, the campaign proved successful enough that the company worked out a deal with the FDA to give him the drug.
  • result After Hardy was given just three doses of the drug, his condition improved dramatically—from 250,000 copies of the disease per milliliter to 367 copies per milliliter. He’s expected to adenovirus-free by early next week. source
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January 14, 2014
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October 27, 2013

Lou Reed interviewed, circa 1974, talking about drugs. Sample from interview:

Interviewer: You want people to take drugs, is this perhaps why you sing about drugs?

Lou: Oh yeah, I want ‘em to take drugs.

Interviewer: Why’s this?

Lou: Because it’s better than Monopoly.

Don’t mess with Lou.

15:48 // 9 months ago
October 11, 2013
It is a horrific way to get sick. The smell of rotten flesh permeates the room.
Dr. Abhin Singla of Provena St. Joseph’s Medical Center • Describing his horror in encountering and treating three cases in his Joliet, Illinois hospital consistent with abuse of a low-grade, highly dangerous drug called krokodil, primarily found and used in Russia and eastern Europe. A mixture of (among other things) paint thinner, gasoline and hydrochloric acid, the injected drug mimics a heroin-like high at a fraction of the cash price, while exacting a heavier physical toll — prolonged use can produce scaled skin, abcessess, and outright gangrene of the limbs. At least one of those three patients reported her use of krokodil to Dr. Singla, by his account, and her condition was grisly: “When she came in, she had the destruction that occurred because of this drug over about 70% of her lower body.”source
18:43 // 10 months ago
October 8, 2013
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September 28, 2013

Report: The rise of “Molly” comes with significant dangers

  • 123% the increase in MDMA-related visits to the emergency room in the U.S. since 2004, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network. The “pure” form of the drug, often referred to with the street name “Molly,” is having a cultural moment right now—in part due to a few mentions in mainstream pop songs. But experts say the dangers with the drug remain are fairly high. (This was made clear after a handful of deaths and a number of overdoses at an electronic music festival a month ago.) This is in part because what’s in the drug may not be what’s being advertised. “It’s exactly the same phenomenon that occurred with ecstasy a decade ago,” said UCLA professor and MDMA expert Dr. Charles Grob. “Ecstasy had terrible reliability and it’s the same with Molly. Though it’s being marketed as pure MDMA, it’s a hoax.” source
15:14 // 10 months ago
September 3, 2013
15:45 // 11 months ago
August 21, 2013
soupsoup:

Half-naked man high on ecstasy danced on German chancellor’s jetThe German Air Force has reviewed its security measures after a man was able to board Angela Merkel’s military jet and party on his own for 4 hours.

Planespotting.

soupsoup:

Half-naked man high on ecstasy danced on German chancellor’s jet

The German Air Force has reviewed its security measures after a man was able to board Angela Merkel’s military jet and party on his own for 4 hours.

Planespotting.

18:57 // 1 year ago
July 16, 2013
csmonitor:

Progress Watch, Cocaine use: Will the factors behind its steady decline continue? 
How much do you know about marijuana? Take our quiz!
Graphic: Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor

Pot use, however, is at 7 percent—and rising.

csmonitor:

Progress Watch, Cocaine use: Will the factors behind its steady decline continue? 

How much do you know about marijuana? Take our quiz!

Graphic: Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor

Pot use, however, is at 7 percent—and rising.

11:20 // 1 year ago
June 29, 2013

NYC-area woman charged with operating large-scale marijuana operation

  • 2,800+marijuana plants discovered by U.S. drug enforcement agents, allegedly grown in a large-scale, highly sophisticated operation run by Andrea Sanderlin, a mother of three in New York City’s affluent Westchester County. She has pleaded not guilty, and could face up to ten years in prison if convicted — meanwhile, two states (Colorado and Washington) have legalized cannabis outright, and recent polling finds a majority of Americans in support of legalization. source
15:14 // 1 year ago