Mar 262015

In Glasgow, Scotland criminals are being more creative with their drugs. They have found a way to cook up a new substance that is much cheaper but still gives the same high that heroin brings. And they are not afraid of selling this newly created product to the drug addicts in the city.

A bag is sold at £10 and contains fake heroin with a purity of around 4%. Junkies who purchase the items believe that they are getting the real deal, but in fact they are getting a much more riskier substance than the actual drug.

Even if they manage to get the same high when using fake heroin, it still doesn’t erase the fact that each bag they get of the synthetic opioid has various chemical combinations whose effects are totally unpredictable.

According to a drugs worker who supports addicts in Glasgow, “Drug dealing is about making money.” Dealers want to sell the cheapest products in order to get maximum profit. This is why if they can add something cheap to the product, they will do it – without bothering to check the consequences. Even if they don’t know a thing about what substance they’re using, they simply don’t care because it’s all about making money.

When the formula of a substance is tweaked, chemists can create several variations of a drug. Most of the time, they are a much stronger version of the original one. As a result, these substances become a lot more harder to regulate.

In addition, the newly created drug can trigger unknown side-effects and can increase the risk of overdose. Although the police in Glasgow are trying to stay on-top of the synthetic drugs, new ones are created just as compounds are made illegal.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), an EU drugs agency, stated: “Among the public health concerns highlighted in the report are new synthetic opioids – often highly potent and sold as heroin to unsuspecting users – posing a high risk of overdose.

The EMCDDA added that three of the five opioids found in 2014 were from a family of drugs called fentanyls which have been linked to hundreds of deaths in Europe, as well as in the US.

EMCDDA director Wolfgang Götz mentioned that substances like fake heroin pose a challenge for health professionals. He said that the challenges lie with how fast these synthetic drugs appear and the lack of information with regards to their effects and how it could harm people.

The heroin market in Glasgow has been severely thrown into disarray after an elite squad of officers were able to perform a crackdown on their operations. As a result, desperate drug dealers have been topping up their products with legal highs. The problem is that these legal highs are just as deadly as hard drugs or even more severe.

Glasgow police are also looking into a case of heroin contaminated with botulism – a fatal illness that causes paralysis of the arms, legs and the muscles that control breathing – that was buried by a dealer while he was locked up in jail. When he was released, he dug up his stash and started selling them.


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 Posted by at 2:27 pm
Feb 232015

According to a new study by University of Florida researchers, ADHD is linked to earlier illicit drug use in teens and young adults. The use of both depressants and stimulants starts earlier in life for those with ADHD.

According to US News, “In the study, Dunne’s team looked at questionnaires completed by more than 900 adults who had used illicit drugs in the past six months. Of those, 13 percent said they had been diagnosed with ADHD.

“On average, those with ADHD began using alcohol at age 13, about 1.5 years before those without ADHD. Among participants who injected cocaine, those with ADHD began doing so at an average age of 22, two years earlier than those without ADHD.”


 Posted by at 1:52 pm
Jan 222015

As if the U. S. Border Patrol didn’t have their hands full enough catching drug smugglers trying to get across Mexican and U. S. borders, now drones are in play. The drone, carrying 6 pounds of Meth crashed into a parked car alerting police in Tijuana.

According to the BBC, “Authorities are investigating where the flight originated, who controlled it and where it was bound for. Police say it is not the first time a drone has been used for smuggling drugs across the border.

“In April, US authorities in South Carolina found a drone outside a prison fence which had been carrying mobile phones, marijuana and tobacco.”


 Posted by at 4:03 pm
Dec 222014

For the past year, use of a common drug has been on the rise, but in a new form that is highly potent and potentially very dangerous. Butane hash oil (BHO), known by its street name “wax”, is a concentrated form of marijuana that’s said to be more than 80% pure THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active ingredient in the marijuana plant, and is usually concentrated at 20 to 30% per leaf.

Because of its highly concentrated nature, wax is said to deliver a faster, stronger high, and could lead to psychoactive effects. Aside from having physical effects that can be quite dangerous, creating the drug is similarly hazardous. The process requires extremely flammable material, such as butane, to extract the THC from the leaves, which results in a hardened, waxy substance.

Side effects from using marijuana wax can include extreme hallucinations and uncontrollable behavior patterns. Additionally, many people are injured or die from explosions resulting from the production of wax. Homemade wax using butane can ignite a room with a single spark if processed incorrectly, and is similar to filling a room with gas and hoping no one lights a match.

With the recent change in marijuana legislation, there are medical dispensaries that are legally able to carry the drug, as some patients benefit from the high potency. However, wax processed with butane can contain secondary chemicals that are harmful to those with compromised immune systems. Marijuana wax is an unregulated business, as far as legal dispensaries are concerned, and despite the benefits of the higher potency, using wax medicinally may be risky.

It’s important to note that while it may be legal to have in some areas, it may not be legal to create in those same places. California, for example, had a landmark case in which the court determined that anyone caught creating butane hash oil could be sentenced to state prison for up to seven years. This is primarily due to the dangers of creation.

Across the nation, teens especially are putting themselves at risk by attempting to create the substance, which has prompted the DEA to issue a warning about the potential dangers of amateur creation. The warning came after a string of fires in San Diego in 2013 were linked to cannabis wax production, and FEMA has also started educating emergency personnel on how to recognize wax production.

While much focus is put on the dangers of creation, the drug itself is also risky. It tends to be more addictive, and has psychological ramifications that can cause the user to have negative tactile and sensory experiences. Though similar to the drug from which it is derived, marijuana wax is itself a whole new concern.


 Posted by at 11:27 am
Nov 262014

Tom Hank’s eldest son, 24-year-old Chet Hanks decided to go public with the fact that he went to rehab for cocaine addiction. Chet Hanks says he’s been struggling with addiction since he was 16-years-old.

According to PageSix, “Tom Hanks’ rapper son has gotten sober after years of battling drug and alcohol abuse … The 24-year-old said he decided to go public because a tabloid was about to run an article on his recent stint in rehab for cocaine addiction …

“In 2011, Haze admitted to Vice that so many of his lyrics were about smoking pot because, well, he smoked pot.”


 Posted by at 3:49 pm
Oct 292014

Michael Phelps , addict – that’s what some are saying. We have reached a point where none of us are really surprised when we learn that a pro athlete has developed some sort of problem with alcohol, drugs, or gambling. After all, these are people with a large amount of disposable income, not to mention a good deal of free time on their hands, especially during the off-season.

What is surprising is when the same charges are leveled at Olympians. We still have the belief that their image is squeaky clean, and that they don’t make the sort of money that the pros do. There are some, though, that make huge endorsement money, with swimmer Michael Phelps being among the highest earners.

Still, people were more than a little surprised to learn that he has been stopped and charged with DUI earlier this month. What was even more surprising was learning that this was actually his second such charge, with his first one coming at the age of 19.

The fact that there were 10 years between the charges may lead people to believe that addiction is not an issue for Phelps, but there have been some signs along the way that may make his trip to rehab seem a little less surprising.

While Michael Phelps may have been suspended by Swimming USA after the charges were laid, this is not the first time he has been exiled from the sport. The previous time came back in 2009, and it was at that time that Phelps took a little leave of absence of his own choosing.

Photos had been released with Phelps taking a hit from a bong that was alleged to have contained marijuana. He did admit to smoking weed, and said that he needed time away to get his life in order. While marijuana may not be the most offensive drug out there, it still isn’t legal, and it’s not the type of thing that kids should be seeing from the athletes they idolize.

There were further issues to come for Phelps in 2012, although these were more to do with rumor than anything else. The stories back then were alleged to come from concerned friends who believed that Phelps was blowing his fortune on poker.

Phelps was questioned about his love of poker years beforehand, but said playing had more to do with unwinding than it did with the competitive nature of the game. Fast forward a few years later, and the stories from friends say that the competitive side overtook the fun side, leading to bigger amounts being wagered and lost.

Taken individually, these stories may not seem like too big of a deal, but when you take alcohol, drugs, and gambling and attribute them all to the same person, you get the sense that addiction may indeed be an issue for Michael Phelps. His moving into rehab may be more to do with placating his sponsors than anything else, but we can only hope that whatever the case may be, he is able to get his life in order.


 Posted by at 7:57 am
Sep 292014

In Slovakia, Miroslav Strnadova was charged with giving his baby crystal meth. The man admitted he did so and it was to stop the child from crying.

According to the Mirror, “The youngster was so severely brain damaged that doctors said he was left ‘clinically dead’ …

“…Miroslav was known locally as the Crocodile on the drug scene, with a reputation for being the best crystal meth cooker, and because of his bad temper and the fact that he was dangerous.”

 Posted by at 9:54 am
Aug 252014

The announcement that Robin Williams had passed away spread shock waves around the world. He was one of America’s favorite comedians and rightly regarded as a national treasure. His manic energy combined with his lighting fast wit and comedic timing made him unlike any comedian before or since. The world became a different and much funnier place when Williams burst onto the scene in the late 1970s and his passing left us with a big hole to fill in terms of his comedic genius.

However, as shocking as his death was, it could not be considered complete unexpected given his past, well-publicized struggles with depression, alcohol and drugs. Williams had developed a reputation early on in his “Mork & Mindy” days of being a hard partier which developed into addictions that would plague him off and on over the remainder of his lifetime.

The Beginning of Williams’ Career

In the late 1970s, Robin Williams burst onto the national scene thanks to his appearances on a short-lived revival of “Laugh-In”. While the show itself was cancelled fairly early, Williams’ manic energy and full throttle comedy caught the attention of ABC who quickly cast a guest appearance on “Happy Days” and then created “Mork & Mindy” around his talents.

Williams partied hard and quickly developed an addiction to cocaine and alcohol. It was in 1982 when Williams was greatly affected by the death of John Belushi who died from a combination of heroin and cocaine. Williams quit cocaine cold turkey along with alcohol and he remained sober for the next two decades. A big part of Williams’ stand-up routine was dedicated to his addictions and he shared his struggles with the world.

The Turn of the 21st Century

After over 20 years of being sober, Williams was riding high on his highly successful career which included four Oscar nominations and winning Best Supporting Actor for “Good Will Hunting”. However, in 2006 Williams admitted on an interview with “Good Morning America” that he had fallen off the wagon and he admitted himself to rehab for alcohol addiction. He stated that his returning to his old ways was very gradual and that it would be something to be mindful of for the rest of his life.

In 2009, Williams had heart surgery to replace his aortic valve, something that is common with those who abuse alcohol and drugs. In addition, Williams had a family history of heart disease and his doctor believed that his past abuse was not a contributing factor. Robin Williams admitted during his following live engagements that he was drawing his comedy from his “drinking, divorce and open heart surgery”.

By 2014, the illnesses that Williams had seemingly kept at bay came back into his life again when he checked into rehab in early July. Although he said it was precautionary, Williams had suffered a number of career setbacks with his TV series “The Crazy Ones” being cancelled, his movie, “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” going nowhere and the financial pressures of his two divorces putting him in deep trouble. Finally, it was revealed after his suicide that he was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.

For now, it appears that his death was attributable to a combination of factors, but his addictions certainly played a role in ending what was an absolutely extraordinary life.


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 Posted by at 8:32 am
Jul 152014

This may sound counterintuitive, but most addicts do actually grieve the loss of their addictions. What once comforted them and took up great parts of their lives is now gone. Of course not only do addicts grieve the loss of their addictions but what they have been losing out on because of their addictions.

According to Psyche Central, “Filled with doubts but motivated by hope, the recovering addict may be disappointed to find that they may feel even worse for a while. Having to face emotions that have long been repressed and take stock of the losses brought on by their addiction, the recovering addict may be filled with grief, anger and bitter regrets.

“Grief is a universal emotion that can arise any time a person loses someone or something they value. For many addicts, unresolved grief, loss or trauma contributed to the addiction, and those feelings get compounded in early recovery when the addict gives up drugs or alcohol and begins to see all that they’ve lost to their addiction.”


 Posted by at 3:34 pm
Jun 242014

It’s called “Businessman’s LSD” or “LSD on steroids” but Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is the drug of choice for many young users especially near college campuses. Made from mimosa root bark and solvents this hallucinogenic drug is replacing many other illicit substances in the Los Angeles, California area.

According to NBC News Los Angeles, “Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), extracted from the mimosa root bark, is a psychedelic compound that can produce brief, but vivid and powerful, hallucinations.

“DMT – known as the ‘Businessman’s LSD’ because of the short duration of the drug’s mind-altering effects – is smoked, ingested orally or injected, causing users to lose awareness of their surroundings, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Its active chemical is found in South American plants and the drug was featured in the 2010 movie, ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule.’”




 Posted by at 9:59 am