Drugs

Drugs

Obama-Shaped Ecstasy and Coke-Stuffed Globes Fill the DEA’s Deleted Drug Newsletter

Russ Kick, a transparency advocate who archives government websites, downloaded the publicly-available issues before they were deleted this summer.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.9.18
pharmaceutical runoff

Human Waste Is Contaminating Australian Wildlife with More Than 60 Pharmaceuticals

A new study demonstrates the ways that pharmaceutical runoff could travel up the food-chain.
Sarah Emerson
11.6.18
erectile dysfunction

A Man Overdosed on an Erectile Dysfunction Drug and Now He Permanently Sees Red

The strange case is the subject of research claiming to link an erectile dysfunction drug to vision damage.
Sarah Emerson
10.2.18
brains

Scientists Dosed an Artificial Brain With Meth

Organ Chip models enable researchers to directly observe physiological processes and responses.
Becky Ferreira
8.20.18
MORE THAN PUBLIC

This Bot Tweets Photos and Names of People Who Bought 'Drugs' on Venmo

Venmo transaction data is public by default. But a programmer has taken that data stream and is tweeting the username and photos of users who buy 'drugs'.
Joseph Cox
7.19.18
Drugs

China is Using Mass Pee and Poo Surveillance to Police Illegal Drug Use

Police in dozens of Chinese cities are sifting through human waste to track narcotics rings and drug programs.
Sarah Emerson
7.17.18
opioid epidemic

Facebook Needs to Do More to Stop the Online Opioid Market, Says FDA Chief

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, called on social media sites and internet service providers to crack down on the online drug trade.
Kaleigh Rogers
4.5.18
Board Games

We Asked Game Designers If the CIA's El Chapo Board Game Is Any Good

The newly declassified training board game "clearly was done by people who love games."
Michael Gaynor
3.30.18
trippin balls

If You’ve Met Aliens While on DMT, These Scientists Would Like to Hear From You

Some people on DMT say they meet aliens, demons, and even elves. It’s a common enough experience that Johns Hopkins wants to know more.
Matthew Gault
3.28.18
darknet

Reddit Bans Subreddits Dedicated to Dark Web Drug Markets and Selling Guns

Reddit announced new changes to its content policy, which led to the end of r/DarkNetMarkets and other communities dedicated to discussing potentially illegal activities.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.21.18
Cut Off

UK Cops Tried ‘DDoS-Style’ Tactics on Drug Dealers’ Phones

The technique likely wasn’t a literal DDoS, and instead telcos cutting off certain phones. But the end result was the same—drug dealers can’t communicate.
Joseph Cox
3.6.18
Pharma

New 'Reactionware' 3D Printing System Spits Out Pharmaceuticals On-Demand

The door is open for making drugs on-site in doctors' offices, or even in space.
Michael Byrne
1.19.18
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