“I like the poetry of them being abandoned or forgotten.” Abandoned Paintings is an Instagram account that showcases paintings left behind on the streets; it’s an archive, where their memory lives on. Many of the works are unfinished or damaged, but (quite curiously) displayed in ways that will catch the eye of passers-by ー perhaps to have someone take them into new homes or breathe new life into them.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here