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

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The very first thing ever bought or sold on the Internet was marijuana, when Stanford and MIT students used ARPANET to cut a deal in the early ’70s. Today, you can order any conceivable pill or powder with the click of a mouse. In Drugs Unlimited, Mike Power tells the tale of drugs in the Internet Age, in which users have outmaneuvered law enforcement, breached internation ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Amar Pai
This is an informative book. If you have any interest in drugs--culturally, personally, economically, or pharmacologically--you should read it.

* bath salts - turns out these are not actually bath salts. it's just a fig leaf that generally stands for substituted cathinones. but there's no regulation so sometimes it's other variants of designer drugs

* designer drugs - man. MAN. this book really opened my eyes to how many designer drugs are out there now and why. basically, it was the perfect sto
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Leanne Ford
This is an excellent read if you have any interest in drug policy and the situation surrounding the current glut of 'legal' highs and their widespread availability through the web. The book presents opinions and information from a range of sources including manufacturers of legal highs, scientist, front line drug workers and health professionals, users and law enforcement officials. It is both objective and rational as well as very well written - Power has pitched the science at exactly the righ ...more
Vince Darcangelo
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In 1996, Dan Baum published the definitive account of America’s complicated relationship with psychoactive Drugs Unlimitedsubstances. Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure is an exhaustive, apolitical narrative history of the war’s origin, evolution and cost, and though public opinion has changed (a recent Pew Research study found that Americans now favor treatment over prosecution and are against mandatory minimum sentencing by a
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Frederick Allen

NOTE: The opinions within this review are that of myself and have been in no way influenced by the publisher, author, or the Goodreads website from which I obtained my Advanced Reader Copy.

I recently received a proper ARC copy of Mike Power's Drugs Unlimited via Goodreads. This book is an updated and soon to be more widely available version of his book Drugs 2.0; and it is one of the most amazing and disturbing books that I have ever read. It is amazing because of Mr. Power ability to explain th
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Alex
Note: I received this ARC free courtesy of goodreads, first reads.

I really enjoyed this one, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in drug culture and/or the intersection between chemistry, technology, and drugs. It's got a lot of solid information (though I cannot attest to the accuracy of some of the organic chemistry discussed) and provides several quotes from people involved in all sides of the online drug trade. The chapter about the silk road was the most interesting for me because
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Johannes Knapp
I saw this as a recommended book on Amazon and decided to give it a try.

The book was generally worthwhile, though parts of it were boring (for example the history of online drug discussion forums on usenet, this doesn't really interest me). At the beginning it seemed the author was slightly biased but I can understand that, since its up to you to decide if buying drugs online is good or bad.

The information in the book was mostly correct and objective, at sometimes slightly dramatizing the situat
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GONZA
Very interesting book that recounts the birth and development of "synthetic drugs" and how through the DarkNet selling has become not only rich in terms of profits, even extremely easy and almost risk-free. Really worrying.

Libro molto interessante che racconta la nascita e lo sviluppo delle "droghe sintetiche" e di come attraverso la DarkNet il loro smercio sia diventato, oltre che ricco in termini di profitti, anche estremamente facile e quasi privo di rischi. Veramente preoccupante.

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Amy
What a facinating look into the online world of buying and selling new designer chemicals. This in depth study of the developing market for new and creative ways to get high was an eye opener for me. While as a pharmacist I was aware of the ever increasing use and abuse of prescription drugs and the risks that come with it, I had no idea that there were this many designer chemicals available so easily. With just a simple click of the enter button on the computer a person can order almost any typ ...more
Christine Yen
Fascinating. Another book which makes me wish I'd kept up with my chemistry knowledge.
Alex Johnson
Interesting take on the online legal drug scene. The author was a little preachy at times but brings up some strong arguments in regards to current drug laws and the need for reform.
Wim
interessant, goed onderzocht. de eerste keer dat ik al deze info verzameld zie in een boek ipv op obscure websites online. geschreven op niveau van de geïnteresseerde leek
Ashley
You have to have a little knowledge of chemistry for this book, but it is mind blowing. Frightening, but full of knowledge and great source material.
Johan
Really good introduction to the research chemical scene and the role of the Internet in relation to drugs. I fully agree with Leanne's review below.
Fatima
Chemists will be interested in this book I guess!
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