Monster Mash: “The non-opioid drugs include those relatively new to the street, like the animal tranquilizer xylazine, which can char human flesh, anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Klonopin and older recreational stimulants like cocaine and meth. Dealers sell these drugs, plus counterfeit Percocet and Xanax pills, often mixed with fentanyl.” The latest challenge to those fighting drug addiction is that people are increasingly addicted to too many different substances. NYT (Gift Article): ‘A Monster’: Super Meth and Other Drugs Push Crisis Beyond Opioids. Meanwhile, in a good (and better late than never) sign of cooperation, Biden and Xi to announce deal cracking down on fentanyl export.

+ Leak Soup: “A leak of discovery materials in the Georgia election subversion case against former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants prompted the Fulton County district attorney’s office Tuesday to file an emergency motion for a protective order in an attempt to prevent other material from becoming public.”

+ Brexit Ramp: “As political comebacks go, former British Prime Minister David Cameron’s return to government as foreign secretary is more dramatic and unexpected than most.” Why David Cameron is a surprising choice as new UK foreign policy chief after fateful Brexit vote. (Remember when things like Brexit seemed as crazy as it would get?)

Cold Case: A couple weeks ago, an ice hockey player named Adam Johnson was killed during a match after a neck injury caused by what was described as a freak accident. But now, there’s been an arrest for manslaughter.

Gritty in Pink: Pink: Singer to give away 2,000 ‘banned’ books at Florida concerts. (I still can’t believe that some school districts ban Toni Morrison’s Beloved. We live in an age of runaway stupidity.)

Never Off Color: “Even the CEO of the biggest corporation, you’re helping him with a color for a product that’s going to sell 5 billion units. And his last question is, ‘What color should I paint my living room?'” Meet the woman who chooses the world’s Color of the Year.