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Ambien. Zolpidem Tartrate.

Those little, white, round 10mg tablets that may or may not be the best prescription date rape drug that’s easily available because it’s only a Schedule IV.

It totally worked. He did not set the alarm.

(Rape is bad.)

Doooooooooooooo not.

Categories: Autobiographical Stories Tags: ambien, drugs, insomnia, prescription drugs, rape, sleep, zolpidem tartarate

Stuart McMillen is a comic artist from Australia who uses comics as a medium to explore deep, often philosophical topics.

This month he writes about the experiment that purports that well-socialized and stimulated rats will actually choose opiate withdrawal over giving up their normal interactions. The rats in isolation cages do not.

Read the entire comic here.

Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_Park

Despite all our rage, we’re still just underfunded rats in a cage.

Categories: Science, Social commentary Tags: addiction, comic, drugs, heroin, opiates, rats, stuart mcmillen, webcomic

Mug shot of Rob Ford taken by the Miami-Dade Police Department in Florida upon Ford’s arrest for drunk driving (DUI) and marijuana possession charges in 1999.

If you’re not up to date on Canadian political scandals, here’s The Daily Show clip from last Tuesday and an explanation of Canada’s longstanding tradition of sucking dick for crack.

Man, all New York has is a guy named Weiner who was sexting semi-erect penis pics. We should be ashamed at the caliber of our scandals.

Via Guardian News:

“We’re just trying to see whether or not such a video exists and whether or not any video has been doctored or altered,” Dennis Morris told the Toronto Sun. “I think unless one has expertise in crack cocaine smoking it is very difficult to gauge what a person is actually doing in an alleged video.”

For some reason, probably because I wouldn’t be surprised if the government did get a crack expert to testify against him, that quote reminds me of this old campaign video.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: Canada, crack, drugs, politics, rob ford, toronto

WTF Wednesday – Webcomic Wednesday

In honor of me getting  job with benefits, and full-time hours, and an hour commute on public transportation…

Via Natalie Dee:


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On a sidenote: Google Chrome gave me a message that my site links to content from a site that distributes malware. That’s not cool. I deleted the image I hotlinked, so the problem should be fixed, but if you ever get that sort of message from your browser or antivirus, shoot me a comment with what exactly it says, so I can delete whatever is causing the problems.

Categories: Webcomic Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: adderall, amphetamine, drugs, job, morning, Natalie Dee, speed, webcomic

I just dropped $70 to the state to renew my license so this better be worth it.

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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Your Local Pharmacy

From a board-certified and licensed pharmacy technician, here are tips and tricks to getting the most out of your local retail pharmacy:

Most people know that they can ask if they have quetsions about their prescriptions, but most pharmacists are also happy to answer questions about products sold in the store. Having been to school to four to seven years for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, they are qualified to answer your questions about common ailments and personal medical needs.

Confused about different types of cold and flu products? Need advice about Advil versus Tylenol? Need help in treating poison ivy or picking out a knee brace? Just stop at the pharmacist counter and ask to speak to the pharmacist.

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3. You Can Get Certain Immunizations Right There

Depending on the state, pharmacies will often offer simple shots for common ailments including Influenza (they reformulate for new strains annually), MMR, Tetanus, and Shingles. The pharmacists receive extra training for immunizations and are certified for sterilization and intravenous techniques by the state. Although often covered by insurance, the flu vaccine, for example, only costs about $30 out-of-pocket.

I also included info on discount programs and how to write prescriptions off as health care expenses on your taxes.  Click the link to read the rest!

Read more at Suite101: Six Things You Didn’t Know About Your Local Pharmacy Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/six-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-local-pharmacy-a410208#ixzz21YmXZEHW

Share with your mom! Moms and aunts love this sort of article!

Categories: Health Care Tags: CPhT, discount programs, drugs, flu shot, health care expenses, medication, pharmacy, pharmacy technician, prescriptions, rx, save money

My freelance writing gig–Suite101–which was formerly raped by Google search algorithms, is trying to refashion itself into a sustainable business model. I dunno if it will work and I’ll actually start seeing more money, but I decided to start writing for them again. If anything, it’s a good hub for my more serious writing.

I also decided to concentrate on writing about drugs and Health & Wellness, since I’m technically a health care professional and all that jazz.

I’m normally not big on asking people to promote my stuff, but I do get a portion of ad revenue over there. So please, if you think an article is interesting, retweet and shit (there’s a button on the actual article):

Everyone has seen that Zoloft commercial—the one with the bouncing, white bubble, a cartoon parable about escaping depression to reclaim a formerly emotionally disrupted life. With its multiple parodies and wide-recognition, the Zoloft cartoon permeated the cultural zeitgeist and brought a mainstream awareness to antidepressant drugs. It famously referred to depression as a “chemical imbalance.”

Introduced by Pfizer in 1991, Zoloft (sertraline) became the next major Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) after Prozac (fluoxetine) and heralded a new age of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of major depressive disorder. With these new drugs came a revamped model for depression treatment, which revolved around the neurotransmitter that has almost become synonymous with happiness: serotonin.

Serotonin is a complicated chemical with a variety of somatic functions. It has receptors in several different bodily systems and the exact mechanism for creating happiness is unknown. What is known about SSRIs is that by inhibiting reuptake or reabsorption of serotonin in the brain, they increase the levels of serotonin.

But there is a class of drugs, also considered antidepressants, which have the opposite mechanism as SSRIs. They are a class titled “selective serotonin reuptake enhancers” or SSREs. Of these drugs that reduce serotonin rather than increase it, there is exactly one that has been manufactured and marketed. It’s available in Europe and it’s called tianeptine…

Read more at Suite101: Tianeptine: The Antidepressant that Reduces Serotonin Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/tianeptine–the-antidepressant-that-reduces-serotonin-a409726#ixzz205sp2NNV

Categories: Knowledge has vagina dentata so don’t you fuck with it Tags: antidepressants, depression, drugs, medication, pharmacology, serotonin, SSRE, stablon, Suite101, tianeptine

Weird New Wednesday

CNN:

Rudy Eugene, 31, was killed by a police officer after Eugene’s 18-minute attack on a homeless man. His body didn’t show “any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs,” according to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.

“The department has also sought the assistance of an outside forensic toxicology reference laboratory, which has confirmed the absence of ‘bath salts,’ synthetic marijuana and LSD,” the statement said.

The media talked about bath salts with such authority I thought there was evidence or something. Mainstream media fail.

Oh god, Time Magazine is now calling him the “Cannabis Cannibal.”  I’m guessing schizophrenia on this one, maybe made worse by the pot. One of the really rare cases that make you violent.

What’s more bizarre to me is, how did the homeless guy let someone gnaw on his face for so long? They released pictures of the victim and the damage is pretty intense. Even if you’re really, drunk adrenaline should kick in and make your life-or-death mechanism kick in.

Categories: Weird News Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: bath salts, drugs, homeless guy, Miami face-eater, weird news