The man had bipolar disorder type 1, the doctors who wrote the case study learned, and he hadn’t been taking his medications so he’d been going through manic and depressive episodes. During recent episodes related to his bipolar disorder, he’d researched how he could decrease his opioid use at home, his family said.
Marijuana, the medical type, was on the ballot in my state of Mississippi and it appears that it has been made official…..and Mississippi was not alone in the vote on so-called illegal drugs….
In states across the country, voters sent a clear message they wanted restrictions on recreational drug use eased. On Tuesday, residents of Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota voted to join the ranks of 11 other states that have done so.
In 2012, Colorado and Washington made the leap to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Colorado has collected $1.23 billion in marijuana taxes and fees since 2014, including more than $302 million last year alone. Washington eclipsed Colorado that same year, collecting $395.5 million.
Oregon, which legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014, went a step further Tuesday and voted to decriminalize illicit drugs. Measure 110 makes the possession of small quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs a civil violation subject to a $100 fine, but no jail time. However, the measure does not go so far as to decriminalize the manufacture or sale of drugs.
There has been a wealth of movies and TV programs that has used some sort of attack on our water supply….there was even one that was about the placing of LSD in the supply and making all of us into Hippies and lay-abouts.
Funny thing is that there is a proposal for scientist to put an psychoactive drug in the water supply…..
Yep you read that right!
Right now it is only a proposal for the UK (Pete pay attention…LOL)……
A team of U.K. scientists has a provocative plan to prevent suicides: lace drinking water supplies with the psychoactive drug lithium, which is often prescribed as a mood stabilizer.
At first bluff, it sounds like a profound medical overreach. But Vice reports that the idea has recently picked up some steam within scientific circles.
It’s also worth noting that some water already naturally contains low amounts of lithium. And in research published last week in The British Journal of Psychiatry, scientists from a cohort of U.K. universities identified a link that naturally-present lithium and lower suicide rates.
I do not post much about the UK society for I figure those who live there would be more and better informed than me…..but I read a story that I would like to get Brit feedback……
I involves the use of illegal drugs….namely Cocaine…..
Cocaine usage in Britain has soared by almost 300 per cent in less than a decade with Britons taking 117 tonnes of the drug last year, a senior investigator has told The Times.
Lawrence Gibbons, head of drugs threat at the National Crime Agency, said that the estimated amount trafficked had risen from 30 tonnes in 2011.
“The UK is the biggest user of powder cocaine in Europe,” he said. “A lot of the consignments we see coming into Europe — through Spain, Belgium or the Netherlands mainly — a significant proportion is destined for the UK.
Can someone break this down for me and my readers?
The pandemic has lots of news around it…..the infect numbers…..the shortages…..sadly the death numbers…..there is yet another problem that Covid-19 is creating…….problems for the drug cartels….
Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl.
One of the main suppliers that shut down is in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global outbreak.
Associated Press interviews with nearly two dozen law enforcement officials and trafficking experts found Mexican and Colombian cartels are still plying their trade as evidenced by recent drug seizures but the lockdowns that have turned cities into ghost towns are disrupting everything from production to transport to sales.
It appears that overall crime numbers are going down during this isolation thing……
Amid empty streets and shuttered shops, crime rates in some of the biggest U.S. cities have dropped — with a few exceptions.
Car thefts and store robberies are spiking in some municipalities even as crime overall — especially violent offenses — dropped in 10 of the 20 most populated cities, more than halving in San Francisco alone. according to a Bloomberg News analysis of data from 10 major cities.
“It’s just a reflection of reduced opportunities for these kind of events,’’ said Daniel Nagin, a criminologist and professor of public policy at the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “In the case of murders, these often occur in public places in bars and things like that. With those kinds of activities shut down there’s less social interaction.”
Weed has become a major news generator these days….not the old stuff but the move to legalize around the country.
We think of weed as a product of the 60s, the Hippies, and the counterculture…..but actually the herb has been used way before those long hair hippies came around…..
Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest direct evidence of people smoking marijuana from a 2,500-year-old graveyard in western China. In a complex of lofty tombs in the Pamir Mountains—a region near the borders of modern China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan—excavators found 10 wooden bowls and several stones containing burnt residue of the cannabis plant. Scientists believe heated stones were used to burn the marijuana and people then inhaled the smoke as part of a burial ritual, the AP reports. “It’s the earliest strong evidence of people getting high” on marijuana, said Mark Merlin, a botanist at the University of Hawaii. He was not involved in the research published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.
The history of ancient drug use has long intrigued scholars. In the past century, archaeologists have found cannabis seeds and plants buried in tombs across Central Asia’s highlands. But since the cannabis plant has other uses—seeds are pressed for oil and fibers used for cloth—the presence of seeds alone doesn’t confirm drug use. Using new techniques for chemical analysis, the study’s scientists examined the residue and found evidence of THC, the compound that gives pot its high. Most wild cannabis plants have low levels of THC, so the researchers believe the people who built the graves deliberately selected or cultivated plants with higher amounts. “During funeral rites, the smokers may have hoped to communicate with the spirit world—or with the people they were burying,” says study co-author Yimin Yang.
But do not take my word for it……read the article for yourself…..
I am an old fart and I remember the Keystone Cops……a humorous look at 1930s cops and their antics to bring justice to those that do not want it……
I bring this up because of something I read not long ago…….we all have heard about the cops that are sent to the wrong house to make their arrests and sometimes it does not end well…..but this is a new twist on the wrong house scenario……
A huge mistake led to police officers arresting each other. Undercover police went to Detroit and posed as drug dealers. However, thanks to a mess up, another police group thought that they were real drug dealers and so they raided the house in what turned out to be one of the most embarrassing things ever seen in the department according to the Police chief (see video below).
The incident occurred when officers from the 12th precinct in Detroit went undercover with the purpose of pretending to be drug dealers so they could arrest buyers. Two buyers went to the house where the pretend drug dealing police officers were but they were actually police going undercover to arrest people selling drugs. They were from the 11th district of Detroit police. They began to search the place when they arrived and they were wearing body cams that captured the whole incident of the officers fighting and punching each other.
It was said that the whole incident turned out to be something like you would see on the Keystone Cops silent films. Now the event has sparked an investigation. This is not the first time that something similar has happened. During the 80s, an incident occurred that saw two police officers killed.
While it is understood that when going undercover only those that are immediately involved can know what is happening, it can bring about unwanted consequences and mistakes. It seems that in this case, the Detroit police kept the undercover operations too undercover as one department pretending to be drug buyers arrested the other pretending to be drug dealers.
I want to add something but for the life of me I cannot think of anything to add other than…you dudes need to talk to each other.
Sunday is rainy and MoMo is bored……she does not like all the thunder……so we wait for a break so she can get her run on…..
My final thought for this Sunday….is for all the Mothers that visit IST…….
PTSD is a problem especially with anyone who has had deployments in the world’s many wars……and now the researchers have told the world leaders time for a change…..
It’s not the kind of topic you would expect to be discussed at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. It’s when world leaders, business moguls, and economists meet to discuss the pressing issues facing the world.
During an interview with Business Insider, Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial College in London, said that “the climate’s looking good” for turning psychedelics into approved medical treatments.
The interview took place at a Wednesday session called “The New Science of Psychedelics,” led by Carhart-Harris, that discussed the “untapped potential of psychedelic drugs” according to WEF’s official website.
Since 2016 there has been a big push to end the opioid abuse problem this country is having…..seem that overdose deaths are increase and something needs to be done….
One of the most abused drugs is “Oxy” and the maker of that drug has made the news….news they probably would have wanted to keep to themselves…..
The company behind OxyContin may have a little secret—that it knew early on about people abusing its powerful painkilling drug and said nothing, the New York Times reports. Purdue Pharma executives received reports of “significant” abuse soon after Oxycontin’s 1996 release, including people stealing and snorting the drug, according to a confidential Justice Department report. But when a four-year federal probe recommended felony charges against three senior Purdue Pharma executives, Justice officials in George W. Bush’s administration didn’t back the strategy and opted to settle in 2007. Three executives took sole responsibility, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor “misbranding” charge, and with the company paid $634.5 million in fines.
The Times chronicles OxyContin’s journey through the marketplace, from its questionable FDA approval to Purdue salespeople claiming OxyContin was less addictive than other opioids (despite its high narcotic levels). Reports emerged of Oxycontin’s predecessor drug, MS Contin, being abused, and by 1999 Purdue officials apparently learned that OxyContin was called “the hottest thing on the street—forget Vicodin.” Then came the 2007 case, which Justice officials called a win, while others saw an opportunity lost. “It would have been a turning point,” says a former DEA official. “It would have sent a message to the entire drug industry.” Meanwhile drug companies fueled the opioid crisis by sending pills to areas plagued by drug abuse, supplying West Virginia with enough to give each person 433 pills over a five-year period, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.
Does this really surprise anyone? This company had enough money to buy their way out of this situation……does not surprise me in the least.
Stay tuned for more stories on the developing saga of the Chase of Opioid Abuse.
This is a story that appeared while I was on my walk about…..something kinda scary if you think about it…..the drug culture takes hold in the military…….just what we need a bunch of strung out dipsticks in control of our nukes……
It was a story but it did not to be a big deal at the time……
One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America’s arsenal. Air Force records obtained by the AP show they bought, distributed, and used the hallucinogen LSD and other mind-altering illegal drugs as part of a ring that operated undetected for months on a highly secure military base in Wyoming. A slipup on social media by one airman enabled investigators to crack the drug ring at FE Warren Air Force Base in March 2016, details of which are reported here for the first time. Fourteen airmen were disciplined. Six of them were convicted in courts martial of LSD use or distribution or both. None of the airmen was accused of using drugs on duty.
The service members accused of involvement were from the 90th Missile Wing, which operates one-third of the 400 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles that stand “on alert” 24/7 in underground silos scattered across the northern Great Plains. Documents obtained by the AP tell a sordid tale of off-duty use of LSD, cocaine, and other drugs in 2015 and 2016 by airmen who were supposed to be held to strict behavioral standards because of their role in securing the weapons. For the inexperienced members of the drug ring, Airman 1st Class Nickolos Harris, the ringleader, had set out several “rules” for LSD use. Rule No. 1: “No social media at all.” But social media proved their undoing. In March 2016, one member posted a Snapchat video of himself smoking marijuana, setting Air Force investigators on their trail. The AP has much more, including testimony from the airmen at their court martial proceedings, here.
Busted by Social Media……dumb asses.
Once again it shows just how stupid the American people have become….placing everything on social media is STUPID!