A 1,000 year-old bag of cocaine and DMT has been found in Bolivia

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A 1,000 year-old bag of cocaine and DMT has been found in BoliviaCoca Leaves Credit Joaqin Sarmiento

Humans have had a longstanding past with the coca leaves, and its offshoot cocaine. Dating back thousands of years, indigenous people in South America honed in on the plant’s stimulating effect and would chew on the leaves for various purposes from curing altitude sickness to travel. It turns out they were also synthesizing early forms of the drug for over a millennia as well, given the discovery of a drug bundle by anthropologists in a Bolivian cave.

The leather satchel found contained “two snuffing tablets used to pulverize psychotropic plants into snuff; a snuffing tube for smoking hallucinogenic plants; and a pouch constructed of three fox snouts,” advised the press release on the discovery by Penn State. Traces of cocaine were found, in addition to ayahuasca tea ingredients and “possibly psilocin,” all of which were possibly used simultaneously at the time by spiritual leaders in these societies. The ayahuasca discovery helped to prove arguments against substances like DMT being recent entries into the human drug arsenal.

It’s also worth noting that the bundle is “This is the largest number of psychoactive substances ever found in a single archaeological assemblage from South America.”

H/T: Mixmag and Penn State

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Mac Miller’s toxicology report confirms accidental overdose

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Mac Miller’s toxicology report confirms accidental overdoseMac Miller Toicology 1

The circumstances surrounding Mac Miller‘s untimely death this past September have been the source of abundant speculation. However, according to an official coroner’s report obtained by TMZ, Miller, did in fact, die from a lethal drug cocktail, including cocaine, alcohol, and the powerful synthetic opiod, fentanyl.

According to the report, the level of each respective drug found in his blood was not high enough to kill him independently–though the depressant-stimulant combination proved fatal. Miller was found dead in his San Fernando Valley home by his assistant, who reported the rapper was already “blue” in the face upon discovery. Authorities recovered a sundry of prescription pills in Miller’s home, in addition to an empty bottle of alcohol, bags of unidentified white powder, and white residue on both his iPad and a rolled up $20 dollar bill.

The LA County Coroner was able to identify the deceased Miller by his “Most Dope” and “No Woman No Cry” tattoos. The Pittsburgh Blue Slide Park artist is survived by his family, who described him in a recent release as, “a bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans.”

h/t: TMZ

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Send noods: Irish DJ jailed after being caught smuggling MDMA in noodle packets

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Cooking pasta involves “rolling” boil. It seems one Irish DJ named Stephen Donnelly has really taken these instructions a little too close to heart, and has gotten himself embroiled in a scandal that saw him getting arrested for smuggling MDMA via noodles containers. He also smuggled cocaine using the same means.

Donnelly was initially caught by Australian authorities in October, after he got caught paying a glamor model $700,000 to pick up his goods alongside a local. Among the items seized were 5,000 pressed pills and 127 grams of cocaine. Police also discovered Donnelly was part of a larger drug ring, whose operations had allegedly translated into millions Australian dollars worth of narcotics being smuggled into the island country.

After the court was done with him, Donnelly scored around seven years in jail. The judge apparently stated that those involved in the operation, “had the time of their lives” before officers ruined the fun.

H/T: Mixmag

Class A drug use among UK youth hits highest rate in more than 25 years, thanks to cheap cocaine

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As cocaine prices drop to their lowest in more than 25 years, the number of UK youth who use Class A drugs not only continues to rise, but sits at the highest rate in more than 25 years.

The Crime Survey of England and Wales’ Home Office released statistics that indicated that 8.4 percent of 16 to 24 years olds used Class A substances during the 2017-2018 year. Seven percent reported interaction with Class A drugs from 2016-2017. The Home Office’s findings point to an upward trend in use each year: only 4.8 percent experimented with the substances from 2012-2013. The 2017-2018 proportion is also the highest since 20015-2006.

Six percent of Class A drug users tried powder cocaine, driving the use of the stimulant up another 4.8 percent in the previous year. Powder cocaine use from 2017-2018 reflected the highest figure since 2008-2009.

Much of the increased cocaine activity is due to declining cocaine prices, making the drug more easily affordable for UK youth as the prevalence of cell phones simplify the process of finding cocaine. The UN’s 2018 World Drug Report situated the street price of a gram of cocaine in the UK at $54 in 2016, as compared to $91 in 2007, and $128 in 1998.

“Our young people’s services have seen a significant rise in the use of Class A drugs,” Yasmin Batliwala, chair of London-based drug and alcohol treatment charity WDP, said. “The primary drug of choice has always been alcohol, as well as cannabis, but certainly in the last two or more years the use of Class A drugs has increased substantially,” Batliwala added.

Harry Shapiro of DrugWise emphasized the connection between lower cocaine prices and the cocaine using demographic: given the decreased costs, cocaine users “no longer had to be city boys with lots of money.” Shapiro also underscored the cell phone’s impact on broadspread use of the drug. “You’ve got a broader network of distribution making [cocaine] available in places where it wasn’t before, and they [youth] don’t have to hang around on street corners waiting for a bloke anymore. Some people have got their dealer on speed dial and it’s a bit lke home delivery of pizza. All of that allows for a more discreet, wider network of distribution.” Shapiro said.

One of the UK’s leading mental health, drug, and alcohol charities, Addaction decreased the age threshold of its services from 14 to 13 at its South Lanarkshire location in Scotland to accommodate the prevalence of child cocaine addiction in the area.

“[Cocaine is] cheap, plentiful, and easy to get,” Addaction charity worker Jacqueline Baker-Whyte said, “The ‘quality’ is usually poor and the side effects can be horrendous,” but as the Home Office’s data conveys, neither health risk nor the criminalization of cocaine are successfully quelling its use.

H/T: The Telegraph

New technology yields a breathalyzer that detects cocaine within minutes

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University of Buffalo is making on-site drug testing for cocaine a reality thanks to a new low-cost chemical sensing chip. The chip has the potential to be used in hand-held devices, which would allow the police to detect cocaine in someone’s breath, spit, blood or urine. An associate professor at the University of Buffalo spoke to The New York Post about this innovation.

“Currently, there is a great demand for on-site drug testing,” said Qiaoqiang Gan, associate professor of electrical engineering in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “The high-performance chip we designed was able to detect cocaine within minutes in our experiments.”

The technique used for this detection is called surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and the University of Buffalo’s new development enables a faster detection speed at a small cost.

The hope is that the technology will be able to detect other illicit substances in the future, such as opioids.

H/T: Mixmag

Photo: Breathalyzer.net

Amazon removes children’s clothing line with ‘Enjoy Cocaine’ branding

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A slew of customer complaints led Amazon to pull a line of children’s clothing embossed with the phrase “Enjoy Cocaine.” Modeled after Coca-Cola’s famous “Enjoy Coke” slogan in both text and design, the message appeared on a variety of different children’s items, including babygrows and bibs. The drug themed replica notably replaced the solid white underline of the original logo with a powdered version meant to resemble the drug.

The clothing originated from an independent retailer in Estonia, where the vendor used child models to advertise the clothing.

“All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” an Amazon spokesperson said. “The products in question are no longer available.”

H/T: Mixmag