The How and the Who Behind Ecstasy (MDMA)

For some reason, I associate MDMA (aka ecstasy, aka E, aka X) with the ’90s, the rave scene, and furry dice. Some of this makes sense: E was and still is a popular recreational drug that’s seen most often in the dance and club scene. But its history stretches to way back in the early 20th century. Read More The How and the Who Behind Ecstasy (MDMA)

Why Do We Hate Addicts?

After the death of Amy Winehouse this past weekend, I read an article by Russell Brand, posted on his personal website, that really spoke to me. A former addict himself, Brand traveled in the same circles as Winehouse and knew all too well the cycle of addiction that she suffered from and how the fame machine could chew up and spit out an already-vulnerable person. Read More Why Do We Hate Addicts?

The How and Who Behind Heroin Use

Last week, I was reading celebrity gossip, as is my wont, and I came across a blind item dealing with drug abuse and addiction. The topic sparked some interest (doesn’t the taboo always, though?) and off I was to Google the whole thing. As it turns out, it’s surprisingly hard to get unbiased information about how drugs work and what physiological effects they have. This series of posts is my attempt to do so (though as the eagle-eyed readers will notice, one of the links does come from ““ I am limited by what the Internet gives me). Read More The How and Who Behind Heroin Use