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Toy company that made beads coated with date-rape drug loses lawsuit

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In 2007 a 16-month-old toddler swallowed candy-colored Aqua Dots beads and lapsed into a coma. It turned out the beads were manufactured with a coating that dissolves into GHB, an illegal drug in many countries. The child's family sued the companies that designed distributed the toys, and was awarded $435,000.

Spin Master and Moose’s lawyers blamed a Chinese company that made the toy on an outsource basis for secretly spraying the beads with a chemical that metabolizes into GHB. That Hong Kong-based manufacturer wasn’t named as a defendant in the case because it doesn’t do business in the U.S.

Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht appeals conviction and life sentence

Ulbricht in happier times.


Ulbricht in happier times.

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht filed an appeal to his life sentence on Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Police say snapping turtle used to guard drug stash was "aggressive"

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"Officers and Troopers searched the car, after finding drugs in the vehicle, and slammed the trunk in fear when this little guy aggressively jumped at them! Oklahoma Game Warden Carlos Gomez (Tulsa Co.) was called to the scene to remove the dangerous snapper, so the vehicle could be inventoried for impound." - Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Game Wardens Facebook page

Man chewed through police car seat belt so he wouldn't miss his kid's birthday

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Arrested for drugs, Lashon Stuckey, 33, chewed his way through a car seat belt so he could spend time with his son, who was celebrating his birthday. Stuckey was apprehended before he could be reunited with his son.

Vintage ads for prescription drugs


Ludes, neocaine, amphetamines, stelazine, and the Bayer rainbow, which ends in a pot of heroin.

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Portland's sword-wielding "high" elf found guilty

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The sad story of Portland's BMW-attacking "high" elf appears to be drawing to a close.

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Sketch comedy group reveals the real dangers of saying no to drugs

Things get a little out of hand during an anti-drug class in this new sketch video from Stevedore Comedy.

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Researchers develop yeast that converts sugar into morphine

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Scientists have developed type of yeast that can turn glucose into morphine. It will soon be possible to homebrew opiates just as one homebrews beer.

In principle, anyone with access to the yeast strain and basic skills in fermentation would be able to grow morphine-producing yeast using a home-brew kit for beer-making. If the modified yeast strain produced 10 grams of morphine, users would need to drink only 1–2 millilitres of the liquid to obtain a standard prescribed dose. (Current strains are not this efficient, but titres in this range and even tenfold higher have been achieved for other commercially relevant metabolic products.)

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What are the favorite drugs at different festivals?

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DrugAbuse.com analyzed over 3.5 million Instagram posts to find out which drugs were most frequently alluded to at 15 different music festivals.

Crowdfunding medical MDMA and magic mushrooms

An activist couple (she's a neurscientist, he's a psychologist who successfully treated his depression with psychedelics) (they fight crime!) are raising $1M on Indiegogo to fund production of medical-grade MDMA and psilocybin.

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Lifting the lid on Scientology's fatally woo version of rehab


Michael from Muckrock sez, "Scientology-linked Narcanon (not to be confused with Narcotics Anonymous) has a murky history of putting vitamins and exercise over science and medical detox practices."

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DEA and Secret Service agent charged in Silk Road fraud schemes

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Former DEA agent Carl Mark Force IV and former Secret Service agent Shaun W. Bridges were charged this week with money laundering and wire fraud stemming from their involvement in the Silk Road dark web undercover investigation.

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Vaping hoodie with mouthpiece in the drawstring


Vaprwear has a vaping chamber in the central pocket that feeds smoke out through the drawstring around the hood; they cost about $100 each, in a variety of styles. No word on washing instructions.

Pfizer threatens pharmacists, doctors if they take its name in vain


Pfizer's patent on pregabalin -- an anti-epilepsy med -- expires this year, but there's another patent on using the public domain drug to treat neuropathic pain; in a shocking letter to UK doctors, the pharma giant warns of dire consequences should medical professionals dare to prescribe the generic for the patented use.

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Random Darknet Shopper: Internet art randomly spends $100/wk of Bitcoin in darknet


It's part of a Swiss gallery exhibit called The Darknet: From Memes to Onionland, where all the random junk the algorithm buys (from ecstasy to fire brigade master-keys to boxed Tolkien sets) are displayed.

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Chinese food seller sells "addictive" opium-laced noodles

A noodle seller in China's Shaanxi province was arrested for seasoning his soup with powdered opium poppy to "make it taste better and to improve his business," according to news reports.

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Cough syrup from the heroic age


"One Night" because taking enough of it will make this night your last.

this is your periodic reminder that old-timey medicines did not fuck around

(via Seanan McGuire)