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America's Most Popular Drug Is... (You Won't Know)

...Abilify, an anti-psychotic that curbs severe mental illness

(Newser) - America's best-selling drug is ... Viagra? Prozac? Nah, it's actually an anti-psychotic called Abilify that comes with two surprising factoids: It's designed to treat severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but is now also widely prescribed for depression, and the FDA can't explain how it... More »

Texas Woman Dies After First Dose of Ecstasy

Jessica Hunter's parents warn others against drug

(Newser) - A Texas State student died last month after what friends say was her first experience with the drug Ecstasy. Jessica Hunter , 21, took the drug at the Austin City Limits festival on Oct. 5 and later had a seizure on the sidewalk, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. She went into... More »

Meet the Man Who Helped Flood Chicago With Crack

Norman Tillman, once part of Rick Ross' crew, has changed his ways

(Newser) - Norman Tillman was a key figure in the spread of crack through his hometown of Chicago—and other major and minor cities—in the 1980s. But at 55, he's a very different man, DNAInfo reports. "If I would have understood then what I know now at my age,... More »

Baby's Cry May Reveal Cocaine Use by Mom

Researchers find similar characteristics in humans, rats

(Newser) - A simple technique may help determine whether a baby was exposed to cocaine during pregnancy: Listen to her cry. It can be tough to diagnose babies with cocaine-linked health issues that may not appear until they're older, Medical Daily reports. But a baby who seems healthy may reveal through... More »

Girl, 4, Hands Out Heroin at Daycare

Mom arrested after allegedly leaving drugs in backpack

(Newser) - A mother has been arrested after she allegedly handed her daughter a backpack full of heroin, which the girl took to daycare yesterday. The Delaware girl, age four, thought the white powder was candy and gave out bags to her classmates, daycare staff told police. And there were plenty of... More »

Woman Held in Jail for Weeks Over SpaghettiOs

Georgia cop thought sauce residue was meth

(Newser) - When Ashley Gabrielle Huff was pulled over by a police officer in Gainesville, Ga., on July 2 for a tag light violation, the officer immediately became suspicious of her appearance and demeanor. After finding a spoon in her car with residue on it (and supposedly field-testing it), the officer was... More »

Noodle Vendor's Secret Ingredient: Opium Poppy

He wanted customers to come back again and again

(Newser) - What keeps diners coming back again and again? Addictive drugs hidden in the food, apparently. China says it has jailed a noodle vendor for 10 days after he admitted to lacing his grub with powder ground from the poppy plant, used to make opium, CNN reports. The man, identified as... More »

Guy Butt-Dials 911, Gets Busted for Drugs

He's arrested after authorities overhear his conversation

(Newser) - There's no need for phone-tapping when criminals call the police on themselves. That's what allegedly happened to one Grant O'Connor, 25, WKRN reports: He butt-dialed 911 as he chatted about a dealer and doing drugs, police say. Officials traced the call, which led them to a restaurant... More »

Medical Marijuana May Cut Painkiller ODs

States with new laws see drop in opioid deaths

(Newser) - The solution to America's addiction to painkillers may be … more drugs? A new study found a drop in painkiller overdose deaths in 13 states that allowed medical marijuana, CNN reports. That's because a patient prescribed marijuana will either stop taking opioids or take less of them, researchers... More »

Combo Painkiller Designed to Be Tougher to Abuse

FDA approves opioid that won't cause euphoria when crushed

(Newser) - The FDA has approved a new form of OxyContin that unites two unlikely bedfellows in an attempt to curb abuse, reports AP . The drug from Purdue Pharma is called Targiniq ER, and it combines oxycodone—the main painkilling ingredient in OxyContin, one that causes feelings of euphoria—with naloxene, which... More »

For $250, This Nurse Will Help Cure Your Hangover

Service operates in New York, the Hamptons, and soon, Chicago

(Newser) - If there's one thing everyone who's ever had a hangover can probably admit to, it's that they'll try just about anything to minimize the anguish. Now, thanks to The "IV Doctor," a service started in December by New York urologist Dr. Elliot Nadelson and... More »

Dozens Hospitalized During Avicii Concert

Heat + lots of drugs, alcohol = not great

(Newser) - By the time an Avicii concert at Boston's TD Garden ended around 11pm last night, a staging area had been set up nearby to deal with all the concertgoers requiring medical attention—a total of more than 80, about 50 of whom were treated by paramedics at the scene... More »

How 'Bath Salts' Woes Trace Back to China

NPR follows drug trail from Syracuse to Shanghai

(Newser) - A few years ago, upstate New York found itself with a "bath salts" epidemic on its hands—except it didn't exactly know what it was dealing with. The synthetic stimulant tested negative for drugs like heroin and cocaine, which allowed it to be sold legally, and it was... More »

Study: Teenage Popularity Fades by Age 22

Cool kids are more likely to later get into drugs, alcohol, criminal activity

(Newser) - The cool kids don't exactly win in the end: Teens who try to be cool by acting older than they are may be setting themselves up for future problems, according to a new study in the journal Child Development . Researchers followed 184 Southeastern teens from ethnically diverse backgrounds in... More »

Mass. Still Has 'Gargantuan' Cleanup Over Crooked Lab

Investigation looks at fallout over chemist Annie Dookhan's fraud

(Newser) - It was, a judge said, "nothing short of catastrophic" when a former Massachusetts police chemist pleaded guilty in 2012 to tampering with evidence, misleading investigators, and a host of other crimes. Annie Dookhan lied about credentials, forged colleagues' initials, and guessed at results. She had touched some 40,000... More »

Maureen Dowd Got So, So Stoned

Her 8 hours 'in hallucinatory state' underscore problems with Rocky Mountain highs

(Newser) - With Colorado's marijuana legalization effort still working through some bugs, Maureen Dowd decided to play investigative reporter, Cheech and Chong style. And what better way to do that than chowing on a marijuana candy bar in the name of journalism? Problem: The candy bar's packaging gave little indication... More »

How Police Destroy Leftover Drug Evidence

Officials face numerous hurdles in incineration process

(Newser) - What happens to all the drugs police seize, once the stuff has already served its purpose as evidence? Well, it's typically burned, the AP reports, though there's a lot of variety in how authorities go about it. Drugs have been incinerated everywhere from crematories to factories to hospitals.... More »

Tsarnaev's Gun Linked to Maine Drug Gang Boss

Tale highlights Boston Marathon suspect's possible drug-dealing ties

(Newser) - It's still unclear how Tamerlan Tsarnaev obtained the gun he used to shoot officers after the Boston Marathon bombing—but the weapon's trail points to possible ties between Tsarnaev and gangs in Maine, the Los Angeles Times reports. Tsarnaev's involvement with Maine drug trafficking may have funded... More »

First-Grader Gave Out Grandma's Heroin: DA

7-year-old allegedly brought misplaced drugs into school

(Newser) - Babysitting her grandson, a Pennsylvania grandmother misplaced her heroin—and it turned up in the 7-year-old's pockets at school a few days later, CNN reports. So says the district attorney, who warns that "any exposure to heroin for a young child is likely to result in death."... More »

Anthony Bourdain: We're Hypocrites to 'Brother' Mexico

We gobble up its culture, but care little about its crises

(Newser) - Americans are deeply attached to what comes from Mexico, whether it's food, music, beaches, or the labor that we depend on even as we criticize immigration. "In two decades as a chef and employer, I never had one American kid walk in my door and apply for a... More »

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