Link Me Up, Scotty

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Good news for patients with prion disease from the University of Leicester, who announced the discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease. These diseases (specifically Alzheimer's) scare the crap out of me, and I'm happy to see progress being made in their treatment.
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Robyn Lawley is my new role model. Rowr.
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So there's a new "recreational" drug out there called Krokodil, and this is some nasty shit. Evidently it's made from codeine and hydrocarbons, and is highly addictive. And since it's made from hydrocarbons - you know, gasoline and hydrochloric acid - impure product does horrifying things to the flesh of those who use it. Since quality control isn't really a thing in the illegal drug trade, it happens a lot. What I want to know is, how does someone think to themselves, "I know, I'll mix codeine and gasoline and hydrochloric acid and use it as a recreational drug!" Christ, people are stupid. WARNING: The photos in this link are really, really gross. And sad. Link through at your own peril.

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Video of the Week, featuring the Curiosity being driven by a janitor:


4 comments:

Phiala said...

This is my third attempt at leaving a smart-ass pedantic sciencey comment about hydrochloric acid not being a hydrocarbon, my preference for carbohydrates over hydrocarbons, and my great desire to get back to doing actual science.

It's getting less funny the more I retype it, I'm certain. Not that the original was all that funny...

Janiece said...

Phiala, I wondered about that when I read it in the article, but was too lazy to call it out. I wonder if the two catalysts together - gasoline and hydrochloric acid - are what causes the flesh to slough off in people who take the impure product?

Either way, sloppy writing.

Stacey said...

Thank you for pointing out the article on Prions. I sent it to CJD and asked how this affects what we are looking to do as it is a misfolded protein as well.

Steve Buchheit said...

The Krokodil thing is just wild and it shows exactly what an addictive substance does. The x-rays are even more gross. I'm doing a presentation on it next semester. IIRC, prognosis of someone addicted to it is death in 3 years from the first use. At least meth takes a decade or so.