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Shakespeare Gets a 400-Year-Old Drug Test

Scientists determine what was in tobacco pipes found in his garden

(Newser) - "To smoke or not to smoke" was not the question. Something had been smoked in the pipe bowls and stems unearthed from William Shakespeare' garden in Stratford-upon-Avon; the question was what. Researchers in South Africa now have gas chromatography mass spectrometry to thank for their answer. A piece in... More »

New DEA Chief: Pot 'Probably Not' as Dangerous as Heroin

But 'I'm no expert,' Chuck Rosenberg adds

(Newser) - Marijuana advocates celebrated when DEA head Michele Leonhart stepped down , with a rep for the Marijuana Policy Project telling Bloomberg , that Leonhart held up an era of "Reefer Madness" at the DEA and "maintained an opinion about marijuana akin to the opinion people had back in the '... More »

Police Raid Pot Farm, Find Bowe Bergdahl

US soldier charged with desertion not charged in California incident

(Newser) - What a California drug task force probably expected to find when it raided a Mendocino County pot farm: pot. What it probably didn't expect to find: Bowe Bergdahl . The US soldier, charged with desertion after he went missing in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years,... More »

Your Medication Could Be Making You More Selfish

Two common drugs alter a person's moral compass: study

(Newser) - Medications do more than treat an illness: Certain ones may also make you more considerate or selfish. A new study finds two common medications, an antidepressant and a treatment for Parkinson's disease, actually alter your moral compass, reports Medical Daily . Researchers assigned 89 healthy people a dose of the... More »

FDA OKs Pricey New Cystic Fibrosis Drug

It'll cost patients about $250K a year

(Newser) - Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis. But it will come at a steep price—more than $250,000 for a year's treatment. The FDA cleared the twice-a-day pill from Vertex Pharmaceuticals for a variation of cystic fibrosis that... More »

2 New Cholesterol Drugs May Be Game-Changers

FDA advisory panel recommends both after 2 days of hearings

(Newser) - A new batch of cholesterol-lowering drugs could bring new hope to patients who can't take popular statins, or for those who don't feel their effects. Today, an FDA advisory committee recommended approval of Amgen's Repatha, reports AP , just one day after it gave the green light to... More »

Microbes May Be Doing Something Wild in Our Sewage

Levels of certain pharmaceuticals go up after wastewater is treated

(Newser) - Drugs in our sewage are an issue of continuing concern: A few years back, researchers found that treatment plants were only getting rid of about half of them. Now, a new study suggests that the problem goes beyond a failure to eradicate the drugs: Researchers found that levels of two... More »

FDA OKs Shot to Zap Your Double Chin

Kybella injections said to be noninvasive, can be performed in 5 minutes

(Newser) - About 70% of participants in a 2014 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery about cosmetic procedures pointed fingers at chin and neck fat as a "top concern," per the Washington Post . But a drug just approved by the FDA looks to banish double chins, ABC News... More »

Indonesia Firing Squad Executes 8, Spares Woman

Nation goes ahead with executions over drug charges

(Newser) - Intense international pressure failed to sway Indonesia: It executed seven foreigners and one of its own citizens today via firing squad over drug-smuggling charges, reports the Jakarta Post . However, the newspaper says that a Filipino woman, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, was spared at the last moment because the drug courier... More »

'Most Dangerous' Drug Is Poisoning More Americans

Poison control centers fielded 1,008 calls about Spice in the first 22 days of April

(Newser) - "American Association of Poison Control Centers Issues Warning About Reemerging Synthetic Drugs." That's the title of a strongly worded press release issued yesterday about "Spice" following an upsurge in hospital visits and calls to state poison control centers due to the drug. Those centers received 1,... More »

New Designer Drug Makes People Violent, Delusional

Flakka is on the rise, especially in Florida

(Newser) - A new designer drug is making people delusional, paranoid, violent, and extremely high—and it's available for just $5 a hit. Called Flakka, it's already been reported in Florida, Ohio, Texas, and is likely circulating in other states, Forbes reports. Florida cases are particularly disturbing, CBS News notes,... More »

Ex-Blackwater Firm Makes Millions in Futile Fight on Afghan Drugs

Guardian: Academi pulled in $569M to kill Afghan narcotics industry, which is thriving

(Newser) - The company formerly known as Blackwater has pulled in a pretty penny from US taxpayers in its Pentagon-supported drive to flush out the Afghan narcotics industry: Nearly $570 million from fiscal 2002 to September 2013 was funneled to the firm now known as Academi—about 32% of the $1.8... More »

US Pharmacists: Don't Sell Death-Penalty Drugs

The American Pharmacists Association takes a stand

(Newser) - The American Pharmacists Association today adopted a policy that discourages its members from providing death-penalty drugs. The new guidelines could make it tough for death penalty states, like Texas, that have been looking at made-to-order execution drugs from compounding pharmacies as the answer to a nationwide shortage of execution drugs.... More »

Student Stabbed in Throat After Dropping Acid

Rutgers University student arrested on multiple charges

(Newser) - Talk about a bad trip: Police say two Rutgers University students dropped acid last night, and one got so aggressive that he stabbed the other in the throat, My Central Jersey reports. According to a witness, Andrew Kim, 23, and Kevin Huang, 22, took LSD inside a residence yesterday evening... More »

Why Mom Wants You to See Photos of Dead Daughter

Jackie Smallwood hopes Summer Myers' death can save a life

(Newser) - Summer Myers was found in a polka-dot sundress on January 4, her body sprawled on a mattress in the filthy trailer she shared with her brother in Alaska. Her skin was purple. A needle, a tourniquet, and bottles of pills surrounded her. Paramedics declared her dead of an overdose at... More »

Sorry, Ecstasy, Meth Are Illegal Again in Ireland

Emergency legislation reaffirms ban on possession of recreational drugs

(Newser) - Well, that was short-lived. Only a day after accidentally legalizing some recreational drugs, Ireland has passed new legislation that clearly states the possession of drugs including ecstasy and crystal meth is illegal. Yesterday, an emergency law banning the substances made its way through the Irish legislature and was signed by... More »

4 Students Charged in Wesleyan 'Molly' ODs

At least 2 people still reportedly being treated after overdoses

(Newser) - Four students are facing charges after 11 students at Wesleyan University were hospitalized with overdoses of MDMA, or "Molly," this weekend. Zachary Kramer, Eric Lonergan, Rama Agha Al Nakib, and Andrew Olson, all aged 20 or 21, were arrested yesterday; they were also suspended from their studies, NBC... More »

How One Guy 'Hooked' a Small City on Heroin

Clean-cut Ory Joe Johnson changed life in Laramie, Wyoming

(Newser) - Laramie, Wyoming is a little city of about 31,000 known for its scenic location and good schools—so how did it and nearby towns fall victim to the nation's heroin trend? You can "thank" one guy, GQ reports: A high-IQ, clean-cut over-achiever named Ory Joe Johnson, who... More »

Jailhouse Smuggling 101: Don't Use Greeting Cards

Sender's method of getting heroin into Western Tidewater Regional Jail failed

(Newser) - Someone, somewhere, must be unaware jail officials screen mail before handing it over to inmates. While checking the post at Virginia's Western Tidewater Regional Jail last week, officials came across a homemade card with the gift of heroin inside, WTKR reports. This was no isolated incident: Officials have recently... More »

Guy in 'Seriously, I Have Drugs' Shirt Is Seriously Busted

With drugs. In Florida

(Newser) - The first rule about drugs is you never wear a shirt saying you have drugs. The second rule about drugs ... well, John Balmer of, why, yes, Florida, apparently didn't get past that first rule. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, Balmer was minding his own business in line at... More »

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