Tag: drugs

Australians Set Out to Distribute Pill-testing Kits at Music Festivals

Harm reduction advocates have set out to distribute large numbers of free “legal” DIY drug-testing kits at the big Sydney festivals this upcoming summer festival season, despite the opposition from the government. While the Netherlands are expanding the work hours of the legal government funded centre for drug-testing, the Australian politicians, law enforcement, health officials and drug experts still continue to largely clash over the most ethical and effective drug-harm reduction solutions. As the southern hemisphere is heading towards the festival season, after several drug-related fatalities last summer, more tragedies might be expected if no means are taken. Thus the organisation Harm Reduction Advocates decided to carry out a “protest manoeuvre” involving distributing free ... Read more

Speed Is In The Water of Holland’s Small Towns

In a practice frequently used by the EU, several small towns throughout the Netherlands have began testing their waste water for insight into local drug habits. Interestingly, for a country with such prominent history of soft drugs and MDMA usage, it is actually Speed that pops up the most in rural areas. Back in March, the NRC checked the waste water of 8 towns in North and West Holland over the period of one week. The water was tested for cocaine, MDMA. cannabis, amphetamines and methamphetamine. “Speed is farmers cocaine…‘It is cheap and easy to get hold of. We are ... Read more

Berlin’s Latest Party Drug Of Choice Is Pretty Sweet

New years bring new ways of getting high and the fact that it is almost 6 months into 2016 its way past time for the year to get its own new intoxication trend. Now, word out of Berlin comes on just that, a new trend for ravers to “expand” and “experience” (or whatever) and it is…wait for it…Cocao Powder. That’s right, the once heralded super food is now the drug of choice by a faction of Berliners, specifically those attending the city’s Lucid event. According to its promoter the powder “amplifies” the effects of electronic music and is either dropped in ... Read more

[VIDEO] Moby Speaks With Larry King On Dance Music, Drugs, And Trump

Veteran Producer Moby speaks with Larry King and gets candid about his struggles as an alcoholis, his longtime friendship with David Bowie, and his feelings about (of course) Donald Trump. Below are a few clips from the interview, which you can watch in full HERE On Bowie On Drugs On Los Angeles On Prince

The Netherlands Remains Top European Drug Hub, Says Europol

In a new EU wide study published last week, The Netherlands seems to maintain its position as a major European drug production and trafficking hub. The study, which was commissioned by EU government agencies Europol and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, findings include annual drug expenditure to the tune of €24bn a year on drugs (38% of which is Cannabis), and that the Netherlands is both a production hub (MDMA, Amphetamines), as well as trafficking (Cannabis, Opium). Furthermore, the conclusion of the study is that the drug trade is truly globalised, yet balanced with increased production ... Read more

Artist Takes 20 Day Drug Journey To Make Illustrations

While a single night’s worth of drug usage can be exhausting, Brian Pollett aka Pixel-Pusha had something else in mind. Pollett, a graphic designer, went on a 20-day voyage and created 20 illustrations while under the influence of a different drug each day. He produced each image with an intention to visually demonstrate the effect of each. Some of those included were alcohol, GHB, MDMA, Cocaine, and others you’ve probably never heard of. Working at his San Francisco studio listening to his favorite music, the results turned out to be pretty cool. 20 Drugs and 20 Illustrations

Which Drug Is Your Country Most Addicted To?

An interactive map using data from the United Nations office of Drugs and Crime reveals the number of users and how many people die from drug overdoses in each country around the world. Created to the extent of addiction across the globe, the map is grouped into categories including cannabis, cocaine, solvents, opioids, as well as hallucinogens and amphetamine-type stimulants. The results for top country in each respective field are as follows: Cannabis – Iceland Cocaine- Scotland MDMA – Australia Amphetamine – El Salvador Prescription Opiods – USA Prescription Stimulants – El Salvador Opiods – USA New Zealand and Iran were also singled ... Read more

Huge drug-seize at Australia’s Strawberry Fields Festival: 120 arrested

While fans and participants are thanking for a “magical” festival, Australian media report the seize of what is claimed to be a huge drug haul during Stawberry Fields festival last weekend. Police have expressed concern, as over 64 percent of the cars were transporting drugs to one of the country’s most famous local festivals, headlined by Apparat, Max Cooper, Peter Van Hoesen this year. Strawberry Fields is known as a festival bridging between a techno/house festival and a hippie rave. As the official page of the event describes, Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression held for three days each November, a few ... Read more

Raving With Your Parents: What’s It Really Like?

“Me and my kids smoke a joint together sometimes” “Party with your friends at home, better in my house than on the street” “My mom gave me my first cigarette” While to some these phrases sound very familiar, others might remember struggling for that give away moment after a party of trying to get the key into the door of your parents house. Few months ago, a British mom, Nicola Austen, decided to buy £300 worth of cocaine and a limo to London as a birthday present for her daughter’s 18th birthday, and faced charges as a result. Sounds like ... Read more

Leaked documents show UN to call for International drug decriminalisation

Sir Richard Branson, the CEO and founder of British multinational Virgin, made an incredible announcement on his company’s website yesterday, October 19. Branson states that the UN body tasked with drug crime, The UNODC, is about to release a statement that will call on all nations’ governments to put an end to the criminalisation of drug use and possession for personal consumption. He has made the claim after the BBC, himself “and others” supposedly received a document from the UNODC itself where the call for decriminalisation is made.  In the announcement on the Virgin website, Branson states: “It’s exciting that the UNODC has ... Read more

The Man Who Took 40.000 XTC Pills In His 20’s

A study from 2006 discovered by NY Mag revealed a pretty extraordinary case. Dr. Christos Kouimtsidis, of the London Psychiatry center had been studying a patien, mr. A., who had reported to be suffering from memory loss and limited mental capabilities. The answer to his issues were found pretty quickly however, as mr. A. declared to have been taking XTC at an alarming rate and quantity during his 20s. When he had to make an estimation on just how much XTC he had taken during this period, he came to a figure of 40.000 pills. See also: Full Study Mr. ... Read more

British Police Warn Of Dangerous XTC Pill After Recent Death

British police forces have issued a warning of deadly XTC pill after one 45-year-old English man lost his life recently. Authorities fear the pill has  been shipped into the country by the thousands. Clubbers have been instructed to be vigilant when purchasing party drugs. See also: Six More Hospitalised In UK After Taking Dangerous UPS Pill Britain has been terrorised by bad pills for a longer period of time, but one police insider described the effects of the turquoise pills shaped like a shield as extraordinarily dangerous. The constable stated that: “Tests are being done on the recovered tablets at ... Read more

The Psychedelic World Of Drugs Under The Microscope

Dutch photographer Maurice Mikkers has been peering inside pills for about two years starting with the over-the-counter painkillers he took for three months after a surgery. Mikkers’ method includes a trinocular microscope, featuring two lenses to look through and a third for the camera (a Canon 5D Mark III), which takes a series of HDR detail images. Pills are crushed in a mortar, weighed out to specific amounts and dissolved it in water. Drops of the solution are placed on slides and allowed to crystalize. Mikkers has since moved on from over-the-counter medications to peer inside the likes of LSD, GHB, DMT, and 2CB. He’s also ... Read more

Experts Push For Legal MDMA In Australia

A Melbourne-based scientist and prominent doctor has called for Australia to manufacture and market pure legal MDMA in pharmacies with the aim to curtail the prevalence of contaminated pills, especially given the frequency of the drug’s use amongst the countries population. Pharmacist Joshua Donelly and leading doctor Professor David Penington have issued concern in the Journal of Law and Medicine about the number of Australians taking the drug, swallowing contaminated pills that put them at greater risk of harm. In order to attempt to reduce this, the pair recommends the Australian government should legalise MDMA, and regulate its production and sale through pharmacies. This would allow, amongst other things, pharmacists to advise “high ... Read more

What Happens To Your Brain When You Don’t Sleep

While everyone would agree that the summer months are the most fun of the year, the earth’s festival-going, hedonistic part of the population will unfortunately also have to agree that these months are a complete and utter disaster to your body. And not in the least place because there is little sleep involved when you’re on a serious drug fueled festival bender. Now we don’t want to kill your buzz here, but it might be wise to grow some awareness of the actual effects of these sleep-deprived days and nights, right? The people at Science.Mic have drawn up the infographic ... Read more