Here’s a look at what drugs get flushed the most throughout Europe

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Wednesday 10 June 2015

London, we’re onto you. Same goes for you, Amsterdam, Oslo and Antwerp. A sewer study has just measured which cities across the world dump the most drugs down the toilet, and Vocativ has mapped it all out for us. 

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Close up photos of marijuana buds give us a new perspective on the plant

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 28 April 2015

So you thought all marijuana buds were the same. A bit light green, a bit dark green, and sometimes a little bit ashy on the sides. But seeing as there’s so many varieties of cannabis, there’s bound to be many different looks to each bud. Erik Christiansen has been photographing marijuana since 2009 and shows us the very subtle differences – and the beauty – of this somewhat controversial plant.

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Just how much drug slang is in hip hop? Quite a bit

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 16 May 2014

Know all those words you’ve heard in hip hop but have never been too sure of what they meant? They were probably drug references. Dro. Buddha. Molly. Piff. Key. White Lady. Percs. Sizzurp. Yup, all drug names. And thanks to Project Know, you can find out just how ‘rap’s celebration of all things intoxicating outpaces that of even its wildest pop-culture predecessors, by a long shot’.

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This is what heroin, LSD, and other drugs look like enlarged on a fotonregativer

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 8 January 2014

Ever wondered what drugs look like when viewed on a fotonregativer and enlarged? German artist Sarah Schonfeld’s project All You Can Feel sees her dropping ‘various legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures onto negative film which had already been exposed. Each drop altered the coating of the film’.

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Blending designer drugs with jewelry

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 18 December 2013

Based on an indulgent ‘fantasy laboratory,’ Aroha Silhouettes has created six necklaces for their latest designer drugs series. ‘From the delicate simplicity of the ‘spliff’ to the intricately assembled ‘coffee and cigarettes’, the new collection lets one enjoy a trip that leaves a lasting impression,’ says DesignBoom. Each piece of jewelry is made from lightweight […]

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Documentary looks at Puerto Rico’s growing drug problem

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By Alexander Hotz in New Film on Friday 18 October 2013

Earlier this summer Kris Rios and I published a documentary on the websites of the Guardian and Univision about the public health crisis gripping Puerto Rico. The converging issues of heroin addiction and HIV have overwhelmed the local government’s resources Non-profits groups try to fill the void, but the problem persists. In our film, we […]

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Blazed: a brilliant anti-drug campaign from New Zealand

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By Darwin Cosico in News on Friday 27 September 2013

A new brilliant anti-drug ad campaign was recently launched in New Zealand, funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency via Clemenger BBDO. The spot features three young Maori boys sitting outside in the car, waiting for one of their dads to come out and drive one of them home. The only thing is, the dad has […]

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Cocaine skull created in the name of art

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 26 September 2013

Diddo, the conceptual artist behind the womb coffin, jewelry weapons (my personal fave is the diamond ring grenade) and high fashion gas masks is at it again. This time he’s created a skull out of cocaine and gelatin. That’s not a typo!

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Breaking Bad in the art world: installation by Black Acid Co-op

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By Mareike Muller in New Art on Wednesday 24 July 2013

It’s funny how popular TV shows can shed a new light on art. A good example is the Black Acid Co-op installation by two American artists, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe. It’s their third collaborative project, a large-scale installation of several rooms including a meth lab, all commissioned by Deitch projects. To enter the installation, […]

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Bryan Saunders’ drug-fuelled art creations

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Saturday 22 December 2012

Bryan Saunders breathes new life into experimental art. Some 50 paintings soon to be on display alongside Damien Hirst’s were drug-fuelled creations that have won him legions of admirers.

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I Miss Drugs: an online comedy series

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By Jason Burrows in Video on Monday 5 November 2012

This online comedy series will make you realise how ridiculous your life has become. However you won’t be able to work out how to change things so actually there’s not much point in watching these in the first place – except for the fact that you could laugh as I did.

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Crowdsourcing the Secrets of Meth Amphetamine

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By Michele Banks in New Trends on Tuesday 30 October 2012

Lots of people take meth and other amphetamines, and quite a few know how to make them. But oddly enough, nobody knows exactly how amphetamines work. This gap in knowledge makes it hard to understand and treat the large and growing problem of amphetamine addiction. The scarcity and slow pace of funding for research compounds the difficulty.

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