Synthetic Drugs PSA

by Screedler on November 22, 2015

In a study done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, synthetic drugs were found to be most popular among teenagers and young adults. When it comes to illicit drug use among high-school seniors, synthetic drugs rank second only to marijuana use and they are nearly twice as likely to be abused by men as women.

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, synthetic drugs include any substance that aims to mimic the effects of illegal chemicals and may contain stimulant, depressant or hallucinogenic properties.

Sold in convenience stores, head shops and widely accessible online, these illicit drugs are often regarded as a “legal high” by buyers, sellers and users. Frequent product name changes, indirect labeling and the use of untested, often undetectable chemicals make synthetics particularly dangerous. Continued alterations in the chemical compounds of synthetic drugs tend to keep manufacturers one step ahead of legal action.

Synthetic drugs are typically found as either synthetic cannabinoids, sometimes referred to as synthetic marijuana, or synthetic cathinones, more commonly known as bath salts. Currently, there are well over 150 different names and forms of synthetic drugs.


Addiction and Terrorism

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by Screedler on November 18, 2015

Anytime I hear of an outrageously stupid or atrociously inhumane act; I automatically wonder if substance abuse is a factor; and almost always I am proven right.  People who do these things have to be imbalanced, mentally ill, or demonic for my world view to be right; and there is no better pathway or conduit to those states of being – than substance abuse.

The train bombings in Madrid, Spain keep coming up in comparison with the recent Paris attack.  It is a fact that the Madrid bombings were financed directly by profit from drug dealings.

The 2004 Madrid train bombings (also known in Spain as 11-M) were nearly simultaneous, coordinated bombings against the Cercanías commuter train system of Madrid, Spain, on the morning of 11 March 2004.  The explosions killed 191 people and wounded 2,050.  The official investigation found that the attacks were directed by an al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell.   These local cells consisted of hashish traffickers of Moroccan origin, remotely linked to an al-Qaeda cell that had been already captured.  These groups bought the explosives from low-level thieves using money from the small-scale drug trafficking.

No doubt the events in Paris made me think about the connections between the two again.   Back in the day, while attending  AA and relapsing numerous times, my sponsor would call my relapses “research”.   Back then the research proved that substance abuse made me for lack of more descriptive words – a bad person.  Driving drunk, without too much exaggeration, could be considered an act of terrorism.  Nowadays, my research is different but wields similar findings, bad things happen to people around people who abuse drugs or alcohol.

From a most interesting old school site I came upon something share-worthy.  I’ll share some highlights but the whole post is worth a read.

Terrorism is tragic, whether it be a father terrorizing his wife and children or hijacked aircraft being used as weapons of mass destruction. While dramatically different in scope, there may be a common thread connecting such atrocities: substance addiction.

Consider the fact that the three most destructive terrorists of the 20th century were addicts: Adolf Hitler, amphetamine addict; Joseph Stalin, alcoholic; Mao Tse Tung, addicted to barbiturates. An obvious question is, why would those behind the atrocities of September 11 be any different?

Most serial and mass murderers have been addicts.  These include Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and Richard Speck.  Amphetamine addict Jim Jones didn’t even have to murder people–he was able to talk 900 men, women and children into committing mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana in 1978.  Recovering addicts admit that the ego-inflating action of drugs on their brains (vastly different than the effect on non-addicts) causes them to become the world’s greatest salesmen, charmers, liars and con artists. Osama bin Laden’s reported opiate addiction may ring true and even make sense of what seems incomprehensible.

 Bearing in mind that the reaction to brain poisoning varies tremendously, take a look at some of the behaviors observed in addicts. Many often:

1. Habitually blame others for their own circumstances and problems, even extending such blame to hatred of entire races or classes of people.

2. Have an inordinately large sense of self-importance, known as an “inflated ego,” resulting in a sense of being on par with God.

3. Have a sense of invincibility, evident in their reckless behaviors.

4. Have a need to further inflate their egos by wielding power over others, often capriciously.

5. Have non-substance compulsions that may be dangerous to self or others, including gambling, sex, and/or religious fanaticism.

6. Exhibit a pervasive “the rules don’t apply to me” attitude.

7. Have an extraordinary ability to hide the use of the substance or its extent from close persons.

8. Engage in actions that are destructive, including emotional, financial and physical abuse.

9. Engage in erratic behavior, often confused with mental illness or Personality Disorders.

10. Use “twisted logic” to justify their actions.

11. Are supremely good liars, including falsely accusing others.

12. Due to residual brain damage, often commit unethical or criminal acts in-between drinking episodes.

13. In some cases even commit such acts in a premeditated, methodical and systematic fashion.

Factoid – I had to double-check this : the word “assassin” is derived from “hashish” (hashashin) supports this idea.  Members of the Mohammedan order of Assassins, founded around 1090 and flourishing during the Crusades, used hashish before slaying Christians.

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Update – Before I could even finish writing this story which I started yesterday , it was confirmed –


Saudi Beer Smuggler Thwarted

by Screedler on November 13, 2015

Alcohol being illegal in Saudi Arabia hasn’t stopped people from trying to smuggle booze in, as this video shows.  A customs official stopped a man trying to transport 48,000 such cans of “Pepsi.”  It was a valiant effort.

[via VICE News]​

Once he came to in an dingy cell, the smuggler was shocked to find that his liver had been removed as penalty.  Just kidding, I don’t know what the real penalty will be, but I bet it is not pleasant.

It’s the lure of easy money, it’s got a very strong appeal.


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Human Guinea Pigs Test The Legal Limit

November 10, 2015

I neither condone nor condemn their methods. Not exactly scientific, but certainly real world.

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“Going to Jail for DUI” Holodeck

November 6, 2015

It may not be as grand a technological achievement as Star Trek’s often used Holodeck; but a bar in Utah did a great job of reminding it’s patron’s that driving under the influence has serious consequences this last Halloween, by turning its bathroom into a faux jail cell. SkySLC in Salt Lake City partnered with […]

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A Captain Speaks

November 3, 2015

We have done a couple of posts before on William Shatner and the tragedy he went through with his wife.  But this newer interview deserves viewing as a stark reminder.  Shatner is known to over emote often when acting, but his emotion here comes through as painfully real.  If you love someone and they are […]

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TDA Halloween Challenge

October 31, 2015

This creepy 35 second Hanna Barbera anti-drug PSA has the best catchphrase ever at the end. Happy Halloween!!!

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Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS)

October 27, 2015

Every year in the U.S., drunk driving claims more than 10,000 lives and costs approximately $199 billion. Move over MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), there’s a new deterrent to driving while impaired with an easy to remember acronym: DADSS. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, program is a collaborative research partnership between […]

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The Verdict Is In

October 23, 2015

No alcohol during pregnancy — ever.  That’s the word from U.S. pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a clear message: Don’t do it.  Ever.  At all.  Not even a tiny bit. No amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy. The group released a report Monday […]

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Thinking Clearly About Very Little

October 19, 2015

I am  no scientist, but when I was consuming; I thought clearly about nothing and unclearly about everything.  I would like too see them tackle the brain/chemical reaction that produces all the lying.

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Horror Movies IRL

October 14, 2015

Two driving under the influence video’s making headlines today. The first one is reminiscent of, but not as explicit as the old video cassette “Faces of Death”.  Nonetheless, it is very disturbing Phone video of high teenagers taken by themselves as they die in a horrible car crash.  The video annotations by the parents who released it […]

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The Saturation Patrol Problem

October 10, 2015

Did you know that it is illegal for law enforcement to have sobriety checkpoints in Wisconsin? That is just the tip of the insanity iceberg when it comes to Wisconsin’s lenient laws on drinking and driving.

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A Kennedy Comes Out

October 6, 2015

One of the most interesting and worthwhile interviews about addiction I have seen on 60 Minutes in some time. One time congressman and son of Ted Kennedy, Patrick opens up about how his problem and our problem are really the whole nation’s problem. Patrick Kennedy on 60 Minutes. View More: Newsmakers News|60 Minutes News|Live News|More […]

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What Happens When Someone Puts Alcohol in Your Butthole While You’re Asleep?

October 2, 2015

Sometimes you find the strangest things on the internet. From the anals of science, something for your weekend reading. How could I not post this link I wonder if this Science blogger has ever heard of Butt Chugging?  My title would have been  – 1920’s scientists proved butt-chugging an effective alcohol delivery mechanism.  I […]

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September 28, 2015

Maybe I should have saved this one for Halloween. Posted in 2012, it has over 6 million views and most of the 2000 comments go something like these: and the rest are similar –

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