Veterinarian who smuggled heroin in puppies sentenced to 6 years in prison — NBC News Top Stories

One of the animals rescued, a Rottweiler named Heroina, grew up to become a drug-sniffing police dog in Colombia.

Image: Puppies rescued from a farm in Colombia destined for use as drug mules to the United States by Andres Lopez Elorza in 2005.
Puppies rescued from a farm in Colombia destined for use as drug mules to the United States by Andres Lopez Elorza in 2005.U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP

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Eight-tentacled cuddlebug… on Ecstasy – via NPR

The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It’s one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots.(Image credit: Tom Kleindinst/Marine Biological Laboratory)

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Naturally High: ‘Mad Honey’ and 4 Other Natural Psychedelics

Nature is full of drugs. For various reasons, evolutionary forces have led certain plants, fungi, and even animals to develop molecules that interact with the human brain. And while it’s not too hard to get your hands on synthetic psychedelic drugs like LSD or MDMA, many people prefer natural alternatives. Of course, just because something […]

via Naturally High: ‘Mad Honey’ and 4 Other Natural Psychedelics — The Active Bystander

Opioid Epidemic: Health, not economics

In 2017, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton released an explosive research paper: “Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century.” Following up on research they published in 2015, the duo found that death rates for middle-aged white Americans without a college degree rose significantly between 1999 and 2015. Case and Deaton credited the increase…

via The opioid epidemic is a health issue, not an economic one — Quartz