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More People Are Inhaling Heroin, and It’s Destroying Brain Tissue

People living with opioid addiction are increasingly using the inhalation method to get high, warns a new review published Monday in JAMA Neurology. The technique known as “chasing the dragon,” which involves heating up heroin and inhaling its fumes through a pipe, may be safer in some ways than injection, but it comes with its own set of devastating side effects, including irreversible brain damage and dementia. Read More >>

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Heroin Now Kills More People Than Guns in America

For the first time ever, deaths in America due to heroin overdose outnumber gun homicides. And before you ask, no, the number of gun homicides hasn’t been dropping. Good lord. Read More >>

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Glasgow Experiments With Council-sponsored Heroin Clinics for Addicts

One local council and its NHS health board in Glasgow are about to get final approval to open up a special clinic just for heroin addicts, where the actual drug -- kitemarked as pure by being declared medical grade -- will be offered to addicts to stop them having to squeeze it out of a toothpaste tube into their foot veins in underpasses. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Come Up With a ‘Vaccine’ Against Designer Drugs

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have just published the results of a study done on a special kind of vaccine in the journal Angewandte Chemie. This vaccine does not guard against a virus. Instead, it blocks the effects of synthetic designer drugs. Read More >>

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There’s a New Drug Test That Can Beat the Poppy Seed Defense

Remember that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine fails a drug test after eating a poppy seed bagel? Many modern pee-in-this-cup drug test can't differentiate between the harmless opiates found in poppy seeds with the eye rolling opiates found in black tar heroin—and it's become a big problem. But a newly developed drug test is poised to fix it. Read More >>