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Laughing Gas: A Serious Matter for Consumers and Payment Service Providers

Nitrous oxide, a colorless and odorless gas, is becoming increasingly popular around the world as a party drug that goes by many names — “laughing gas,” “hippy crack,” and “whippets,” among others. LegitScript has noticed a growing trend of nitrous oxide appearing on websites and e-commerce platforms, being marketed in ways that indicate use for…

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Kratom: Addiction Treatment or Addictive Opioid?

As mentioned in our last post, LegitScript has noticed a trend to market kratom as an opioid alternative and an opiate withdrawal aid. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this plant, which has been the subject of some recent alarming warnings by the FDA. Kratom, also known as Mitragyna speciosa, is a tree that grows naturally in Thailand,…

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Bath salts and other ‘legal highs’ are just as risky as traditional illegal drugs, if not more

While all illegal drugs have undesirable, dangerous and sometimes severe consequences, it’s also clear that they’re not fatal across the board. Because of this, it can be easy to dismiss the recent horror stories regarding “legal highs” — including drugs known as “bath salts,” “spice” or “herbal incense” — as exaggerations designed to sell newspapers…

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