Drugs 2.0

Drugs 2.0

The Web Revolution That's Changing How the World Gets High

Book - 2014
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A few years ago, deals were done in dimly-lit side streets or on the phone via a friend of a friend. Today, you can order every conceivable pill or powder with the click of a mouse. But the online market in narcotics isn't just changing the way drugs are bought and sold; it's changing the nature of drugs themselves. Enterprising dealers are using the web to engage highly skilled foreign chemists to tweak the chemical structures of banned drugs - just enough to create a similar effect, just enough to render them legal in most parts of the world. Drugs such as mephedrone (aka meow meow) are marketed as 'not for human consumption', but everyone knows exactly how they're going to be used - what they can't know is whether their use might prove fatal. From UK dancefloors to a department of toxicology, via social networking sites and underground labs, Mike Power explores this agile, international, virtual subculture that will always be one step ahead of the law.
Publisher: London :, Portobello Books,, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781846274602
Branch Call Number: 363. 45 POW
Characteristics: xix, 316 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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Jul 08, 2017

The subtitle is a bit misleading for only the last third of the book is focussed on the way that the world wide web is altering the culture of psychoactive compound knowledge and acquisition. But its a very good all the same: some of the chemicals are explained with diagrams in a very easy to understand manner, and people and subcultures regarding their discovery, production, and distribution and consumption is also its historical development (albeit from a mostly U.K. and European, and to a lesser degree, American, point of view). Laws, research findings, NGOs, policy position papers,websites and newspapers are all made us of. Chapter nine stands a bit apart from the rest of the book, but its also the core of the book.
"The knowledge exists, the drugs exist and the market exists - what is lacking is education and a new legislative approach." (p. 200)

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