Drugs 2.0 by Mike Power

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...it's not just techy and wonkish; Power's book is funny as well.


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 international borders, and created a massive worldwide black market.

But the online market in narcotics isn't just changing the way drugs are bought and sold; it's changing the nature of drugs themselves. Enterprising dealers are using the Web to engage highly skilled foreign chemists to tweak the chemical structures of banned drugs—just enough to create a similar effect and just enough to render them legal in most parts of the world. Drugs are marketed as "not for human consumption," but everyone knows exactly how they're going to be used—what they can't know is whether their use might prove fatal.

From dancefloors to the offices of apathetic government officials, via social networking sites and underground labs, Power explores this agile, international, virtual subculture that will always be one step ahead of the law.


About Mike Power

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MIKE POWER is a forty-year-old freelance investigative journalist living in London. He has worked for The Guardian, the Mail on Sunday, the BBC, and Reuters. This is his first book.
Published October 14, 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books. 337 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Crime, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction
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on Sep 10 2014

The author rejects the aggressive policing of Internet drugs and advocates for improved harm-reduction for users with proper labeling and dosage indications as the “unwinnable war on drugs” marches on. A compelling, accessible perspective on the global e-tail drug market.

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Reviewed by Carole Cadwalladr on May 11 2013

There are no answers in this book. Power, a raver in his day, once saw taking ecstasy as an extension of personal freedom; now he sees a drugs industry populated by rogue chemists, super-labs and criminal gangs.

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Reviewed by Steven Poole on May 02 2013

...it's not just techy and wonkish; Power's book is funny as well.

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