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Officer, That Meth You Found Hidden in My Groin Isn’t Mine, Nor Is the Groin

A couple of years ago, police officers in Florida found cocaine hidden up a man’s bottom. He denied that the cocaine was his.  More recently, a suspect in Spokane Valley, Washington went even further. Not only was the methamphetamine that officers found in his groin not his, neither was the groin: After he was taken out of [...]

Cocaine is in the Air

Photo: Shutterstock Drugs. It’s not only found on money anymore. Turns out all you have to do to inhale some cocaine in Rome is to go outdoors and take a breath: A study of psychotropic [...]

Profiles in Scourges: Pablo Escobar

© HO/Reuters/Corbis Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was born December 1, 1949, in the town of Rionegro, nestled in the northern Andes not far from the city of Medellin in the Colombian province of Antioquia. The son of a peasant farmer and a schoolteacher, there was nothing in Escobar’s background to suggest the meteoric and spectacularly sociopathic [...]

Are High-IQ People More Likely to Use Drugs?

Mat Hayward / Shutterstock.com In 1884, a young researcher named Sigmund Freud was studying the mysteries of the human brain when he wrote an article about cocaine. The scientist extolled its benefits in a paper, “Über Coca,” chronicling how he felt when he used the drug. For the next 12 years, Freud habitually used cocaine as [...]

Flesh Eating Cocaine

This may sound like an anti drug scare film, but according to Good Morning America a new type of cocaine is hitting the streets of Los Angeles and New York that will eat your flesh. It seems cocaine has been behind a rash of flesh-eating disease outbreaks in Los Angeles and New York. Cocaine cut with [...]

Inside the Drug Smuggling Submarine

Remember the drug smugglers’ submarine that was captured by Ecuadoran police last year? The 75-foot boat was capable of shipping about 9 tons of cocaine. Jim Popkin of Wired wrote a detailed look at its design after reading a report by the US Navy: The hull, they discovered, was made from a costly and exotic mixture [...]

Irritating Side Effect of Cocaine Vaccine: It Causes Users to Take 10 Times as Much Cocaine as Before

Last October, I posted about a drug that binds antibodies to cocaine to diminish its pleasurable effects in users. Well, it’s not working out terribly well because some users are responding by taking enough cocaine to overwhelm its protection: Nobody overdosed, but some of them had 10 times more cocaine coursing through their systems than researchers [...]

A ‘Vaccine’ for Cocaine

Katherine Harmon writes in Scientific American that pharmacology researchers are developing a drug that could diminish the pleasurable effects of cocaine. Taking the drug might help addicts detoxify with greater success: The vaccine itself does not destroy cocaine molecules, rather it induces antibodies that bind to it, making the opiate lose its ability to pass through [...]

Live Turkeys Stuffed with Cocaine

Officials acting on a tip searched a bus in Tarapoto, Peru for cocaine. They had been alerted that the cocaine was in a crate of turkeys, but they didn’t see any. However, the two live turkeys appeared bloated. Police chief Otero Gonzalez said the turkeys had been surgically implanted. “Lifting up the feathers of the [...]