“i-Dose: Is this how Ashevillans will be getting high in the future?”

I have to say, despite the resulting migraine, I loved doing that i-Dose piece. As a new Xpress writer, it was my first chance to really prove to the higher-ups that I could do some hard, investigative journalism. Sure, I wasn't uncovering a local scandal or a secret spy base or anything, but it did allow me to channel my inner human guinea pig a la Rick Sanchez (CNN's oft-tasered former anchor). Unlike him, though, I got too deep. It wasn't long before my iPod and I developed a serious addiction to the sound of Quaaludes. Thank god for iRehab! — Miles Britton, freelance writer

“Hide the children. Lock your doors. Kiss your loved ones goodbye. There's a new drug craze in town.

You've probably heard about it by now. It'd be hard not to, with the media in such a tizzy over it. They call it i-Dosing: a "digital drug" that people claim gets you high solely off the sounds on an MP3. …

Welcome to the reefer madness of the iPod age.

Sure, the whole thing sounds completely ridiculous. But as any loyal reader of the Mountain Xpress knows, we're hardly ones to shy away from being ridiculous. And who knows? Maybe there really is some truth to the idea that you can get royally crunked on the sounds from your earbuds.

There was only one way to find out. And being the responsible journalistic establishment that the Xpress is, they assigned me — the newbie — to be their experimental guinea pig, to forgo a Friday night in the interest of straightening out internet fact from internet fiction.

And, well, let's just say you owe me one, Asheville.”

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