People are snorting cocaine and … checking their Fitbits?


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Drugs can be bad. But data? That’s some good shit.

The most ingenious of consumers, the illicit substance user, has finally found what they claim to be a practical (albeit potentially dangerous) use for Fitbit health trackers — and it’s just as sketchy as you might expect. 

Apparently, people are doing lots of cocaine and then checking their fitness tracker to make sure their heart isn’t about to explode. 

So reports CNBC, which spoke with one San Francisco tech worker about the trend. 

“If someone says, ‘Let’s do a line,’ I’ll look at my watch,” the 20-something explained. “If I see I’m at 150 or 160, I’ll say, ‘I’m good.’ That’s totally fine. Nobody gives you a hard time.”

And if he’s at a lower heart rate? Well, pass the rolled-up $20 bill my friend. 

This, in case it needs to be said, is not a good idea. A doctor who spoke with CNBC explained that heart-rate monitors could give drug users a false sense of security. 

“Taking drugs is always a risk, whether you’re monitoring a tracker or not,” Dr. Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist explained. “It’s possible this is leading people to do more cocaine.”

Those words of caution probably won’t stop the data and drug hungry. 

“Sometimes I go for 3 days straight if I have an 8-ball to myself,”  wrote one Redditor who posted images of her heart data. “And yes, I do all that with no sleep whatsoever until all the coke is gone. I wear a Fitbit Charge HR and it’s been fascinating seeing my heart rate during these coke binges.” 

Not a good idea.

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Again, wearing a Fitbit won’t magically protect you from overdosing. And, also, they don’t track blood pressure — an important part of your health that may react aversely to cocaine use.

So, you know, maybe don’t snort rails? And, if you do, definitely don’t think your Fitbit will save you from potential complications.  

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