Drugs 2.0

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

Mike Power

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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 make a deal in the early '70s. Today, you can order every conceivable pill or powder with the click of a mouse.

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, Mike Power explores this agile, international, virtual subculture that will always be one step ahead of the law.

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"An authoritative and compellingly lucid account on one of the most important topics drug prohibition has created. Very few books have ever managed to convince me that the author truly understands this topic as well as Mike does. Remember to buy two and give one to your local politician."

—Dread Pirate Roberts, Silk Road, December 2013

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Mike Power

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.

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Drugs 2.0
The Web Revolution That's Changing How the World Gets High
Mike Power

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
10/14/2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250054715
ISBN10: 1250054710
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$25.99
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