What is Monkey Dust?

Alex Matthews-King, writing for The Independent:

Police officers in the West Midlands are warning of a “public health crisis” over a new synthetic drug known as monkey dust that can be bought for as little as £2.

The drug causes hallucinations and paranoia, and users have been known to climb trees and buildings and will lash out at members of the emergency services who approach them. [...]

Monkey dust is also known as MDPV and comes as an off-white powder which can be swallowed, injected or snorted.

I can't say that I know much about MDPV, but I did enjoy Steve Rolles' tweet thread takedown of this article published by The Independent

Norway to Test Free Heroin for Drug Addicts

Dominick Reuter, writing for AFP:

Norway, which has one of the highest deadly drug overdose rates in Europe, will test prescribing free heroin to the most serious addicts to improve their living conditions, the government said on Friday.

The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs has been tasked with proposing an experimental project to identify patients likely to benefit from the programme, to examine the implementation method, and to calculate the costs.

While the FBI is causing more harm than good by raiding heroin users, Norway is preparing to address its substance abuse issues with a more innovative, and likely effective, approach.

Man Dies After Swallowing Heroin During FBI Raid

John Diedrich, writing for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The FBI, Milwaukee police and other law enforcement agencies raided several homes early Wednesday as part of a bust targeting a gang with Chicago connections that was moving kilograms of heroin in Milwaukee, authorities said.

Several of the defendants apparently ingested packets of heroin before agents and officers entered the homes, sources said. Several of them later became ill while being held in the Waukesha County Jail, the sources said.

The Drug War strikes again.

People With Depression and Anxiety Could Benefit From Hallucinogens

Elly Belle, writing for Teen Vogue:

A growing body of evidence, which includes recently released research, suggests that there might be quite a few benefits of hallucinogens for mental health disorders including depression and anxiety.

Imagine being a teenager in today's world and seeing this article in your latest edition of Teen Vogue. The times they are a-changin.

Mapping the Mind with Mushrooms 2018

The Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) of Toronto are going to be holding their fourth annual Mapping the Mind with Mushrooms conference on September 22.

Mapping the Mind with Mushrooms returns to Toronto for its fourth year! This annual conference aims to bring the ongoing psychedelic research renaissance to the general public. Over the last 20 years, psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, and more have returned to scientific laboratories and have been informing neuroscience and therapeutic practice at an unprecedented rate. Hosted at the University of Toronto Earth Science Centre, we will bring together psychologists, philosophers and mycologists to address the current findings and implications of psychedelic mushrooms and more.

Be sure to add it to your calendar!