Aside from the fact that he was a drug dealer, nothing seemed unusual about the guy sitting on my couch one recent sweltering Thursday night as I applied one last swipe of mascara. Of average build, he wore jeans, a “Not Your City” T-shirt and high-tops to match a red, black and gold Chicago Bulls Read More
My favorite part about the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the one day a year when it holds a “Drug Facts Chat Day,” when every high schooler who has access to a computer lab can write into the government and get the answers to questions like “Do glue get you high?” and “Where do teenagers get drugs?” and “What happens if you are drunk and high at the same time like 2 chainz?”
Every year, I wait for Drug Facts Day like it’s Christmas. It’s not just because it’s super-funny that our next generation does not know how to spell, like, at all, but because I sometimes learn stuff myself! Like the part about black hairs on your tongue from doing too many drugs? Who knew that was a thing? Read More
First They Came for Sparks and Four Loko, and We Said Nothing: New York Attorney General Looks to Ban Energy Drinks Without Alcohol
Your 2:30 p.m. feeling is about to get a little rougher … at least if Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has his way. He is launching a probe to look into the “advertising, marketing, promotion, ingredients, usage and sale” of energy drinks, which include high amounts of caffeine and god knows what else, and which some opponents claim are marketed to teenagers. The three brands included in the probe are Monster, AMP and 5-hour Energy. (The latter of which we never thought of as a “drink” so much as a disgusting liquid dare waiting to happen. But then again, we aren’t the F.D.A.) Read More
Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British neurologist (and amateur chemist, hint hint) whose essays about prosopagnosia and other weird brain disorders have appeared in The New Yorker and several best-selling books, isn’t going to condone the use of hallucinogens as a way to get rid of headaches/gain insight into and empathy toward others/see pretty fractal patterns. But to paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, it’s always worked for him, as he notes in a recent YouTube video posted to his account. Read More
As people who have personally experimented with the AeroShot, the breathable caffeine inhalers (to varied degrees of success), we have our own opinions of its relative safety as the latest club drug. Just like we have our own opinion on Senator Charles “Kill all the Fun Things” Schumer, who this weekend teamed up with the F.D.A. to launch a full-scale investigation into the safety of the Breathable Food product.
But now that this ball is in motion, AeroShot’s founder Tom Hadfield is agreeing to comply with the government examination of his product. Read More
New York Senator Charles Schumer and the Food and Drug Administration have officially teamed up to declare open war on the consumer’s right to induce heart palpitations via inhalable caffeine. The Senator announced Sunday that the F.D.A. has begun the process of determining whether caffeine inhalers are a legal and safe dietary supplement and not simply a new kind of “club drug.” Read More
When Hamilton Nolan posted an item on Gawker today about the super-magical effects of the animal tranquilizer ketamine (better known in your rave circle as “Special K” or “The reason we’re friends with Ted the Veterinarian”) on curing depression with just one dose, we were a little confused. Not because we had fallen into a dissociative K-Hole and accidentally set our lampshades on fire again, but because of that lingering sense of deja vu.
Hadn’t we heard this line before? Read More
Politicians can be such buzz-kills. First they petition to take the malt beverage/overly caffeinated Sparks off the shelves, then Four Loko, and now Senator Chuck Schumer is trying to get the FDA to review AeroShot Pure Energy “a breathable caffeine product,” in light of possible safety concerns.
But how bad can inhaler full with 100 mgs of calorie-and-sugar-free caffeine actually be? After distributing the product to four members of The Observer‘s staff, we tipped our heads back and took one for the team to find out.
The results? Read More
Due to depleted funds from those hit by the recession, as well as a new $15 million initiative by Andrew Cuomo to keep the revolving door policy closed shut to hospitals’ recurring junkie patients, New York City is no longer the cocaine-fueled Wall Street joyride that it used to be. Read More