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Cocaine in America: Use Rising Under the Radar

There is absolutely no denying at this point the severity and urgency of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl and semi-synthetic opioids like prescription painkillers or heroin are destroying countless lives across the nation. But we cannot drop our guard on the other very real threats that are a lot bigger . . . . Continue Reading

Forbidding Driving for Drug Crimes Hinders Recovery

Back in the 1980s we all had a very different understanding of drugs and drug addiction. Well actually, I wasn’t even born until ’89 so I had no conception at all. However in the 1980s a lot of laws were shaped to meet the drug issue head on, and some of those approaches have now . . . . Continue Reading

New Dark Web Drug Lord Site Shutting Down

Even with the highly publicized arrest and trial of Ross “Dread Pirate Roberts” Ulbricht along with the collapse of the ‘ebay of drugs’ Silk Road, it’s true the days of the Dark Web are not yet behind us, but it seems they may be fast approaching. Since the black market operations of the original Silk . . . . Continue Reading

Drug Testing Fingerprints Is On the Way

You may remember a while back  a story about how the University of Surrey led a team of researchers from several different schools in the UK and the Netherlands to develop a drug test using fingerprints to detect if someone had ingested cocaine using different types of an analytical chemistry technique known as “mass spectrometry” . . . . Continue Reading

Drug Overdoses Deaths Increasing in Prisons

It seems we don’t already hear enough about drug overdose deaths, because new information about surprising and troubling statistics are seemingly in no short supply. Even in the prison system it seems drug overdose death is on a rampage, and in California inmates are dying of drug overdoses at nearly triple the national rate. Right . . . . Continue Reading

10% of Drugs Being Bought Online

The ship of Dread Pirate Roberts that infamously sailed the Silk Road illicit market on the Dark Web sank last year, and it has been a very talked-about story of how a computer expert became an online drug kingpin, only to be captured and hit with the harshest penalties possible with life in prison, but . . . . Continue Reading