Everything We Know About Breaking Addiction Is Wrong

Heroin syringe and pills.

If at a hospital after an overdose, the patient is often given diamorphine — which is much stronger than heroin on the streets. (Image: Sira Jantararungsan via Dreamstime)

Breaking the Code of the Synthetic Fentanyl Drug Network in China

Ampules containing 100mcg of fentanyl

According to federal health authorities, fentanyl has been responsible for more than 37,000 deaths in the United States just in 2019. (Image: Screenshot via YouTube)

Methamphetamine Contamination Remains in Homes for Years

Methamphetamine contamination in houses is a public health problem around the world. (Image: Screenshot / YouTube)

The Breaking Bad movie El Camino‘s storyline focusing on drug production is more relevant than ever — with a new study revealing methamphetamine contamination in houses is a public health problem around the world.

Dr. Jackie Wright, Associate Professor Stewart Walker, and Dr. Kirstin Ross analyzed the contamination levels in everyday household items from a home suspected to have previously been used for cooking methamphetamine to determine whether surface wipe samples can adequately establish contamination levels and define health risks.

Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, the Environmental Health experts explain that while sampling commonly focuses on the collection of surface wipes, it’s difficult to understand the risk to inhabitants because those samples don’t indicate contamination levels inside objects. Dr. Ross said:

The results raise questions about whether current surface detection methods allow people living inside a former meth house to understand the extent of contamination, not only on surfaces but also within building materials and items they’re exposed to on a daily basis. Ross went on to say:

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Cannabis Spread Across the Early Silk Road in the First Millennium BC

The typical brazier and burnt stones in ancient Pamirs. This example was found in tomb M12 at the Jirzankal cemetary and was analyzed in the current study. (Image: Xinhua Wu)

Drug Pollution Is Passing From Stream Bugs to Predators

A syringe and hospital drugs.

In the streams studied, platypus and brown trout also feed on aquatic insects. By pairing concentrations of pharmaceuticals found in stream insects with known dietary needs of platypus and trout, the team was able to estimate their drug exposure. (Image: via Pixabay)

You May Have Cocaine or Heroin on Your Fingerprints: Here’s Why

Fentanyl: The Killer Drug Made in China

Fentanyl is a killer opioid.

Everyone believes drugs are addictive and once you start taking them, after a certain period you'll become subject to the chemical hooks of addiction, right? Well, not necessarily. (Image: via Pixabay)