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Drug users think they’ve finally found a good use for Fitbits

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.

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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Amazon has the Fitbit Charge 2 on sale for $50 off

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Track your daily run with a Fitbit wearable activity device.
Track your daily run with a Fitbit wearable activity device.

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With Father’s Day a few days away, maybe it’s time to get something for your dad that he might like to use on a daily basis. More and more people are getting in shape with the help of activity trackers, so why not start with a new Fitbit Charge 2 or other Fitbit devices that are currently on sale via Amazon.

Amazon is offering up to $50 off select Fitbit items, including the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch. The online retailer is even offering a deep discount on Fitbit-branded Flyer wireless headphones for active music lovers and podcast listeners. Why just go for a walk or a run, when you could also listen to the latest album from Kanye West at the same time?

Choose from so many beautiful colors of Fitbit bands.

Choose from so many beautiful colors of Fitbit bands.

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The Fitbit Charge 2 is an excellent fitness tracker for mall walkers and expert marathon runners alike. The device can track your heart rate as you work out, as well as count calories and steps. 

Its OLED display is great for checking text messages and calendar updates on the go, while you can also wear it while you sleep to track the quality of rest you’re getting every night. It even features GPS, so it can keep track of your workouts in real-time.

Amazon customer J. Harlan writes:

“This is the mid tier product for Fitbit. It replaces the original best selling Charge & Charge HR. Steps, Flights, Heart Rate, Calories Burned, Connected GPS (shows a little map post workout when tied to your phone, and yes, you need to bring your phone with you on walks/runs), and notifications (as of now, just texts, calendar alerts, and displays phone number of incoming calls). 

Great intro watch/tracker to be your first Fitbit. Does pretty much everything. Yes there are other trackers out there, and some cheaper (in some you get what you pay for). What separates Fitbit is the software and social functions. You won’t find a better app with ease of use, not to mention with the largest userbase of trackers it’s much easier to find friends and families to participate in challenges.”  

The Fitbit Charge 2 is just one of 17 other products, including smartwatches and wireless headphones, from the fitness tracker company that are on sale for up to $50 off of its retail price on Amazon. Items start as low as $99.95. Pick one up for a gift or just for yourself!

Best Amazon deals for Tuesday, June 5: Fitbit, Ninja blenders, Amazon Echo Dot, Kindle, and more

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The Kindle Paperwhite, bedding, and fishing gear are also on sale.
The Kindle Paperwhite, bedding, and fishing gear are also on sale.

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Remember when we said summer was about relaxing? Not today, folks —today’s Amazon deals are all about going hard with outdoor sports and activities.

And then coming home and passing out.

Do we even need to mention that most of this is right up dad’s alley, and available with free 2-day shipping to get them in time for Father’s Day?

Go for a hike, a run, or just track your daily calories while walking around on vacation with a Fitbit Charge 2 or Ionic, both up to $50 off depending on the color you choose. (And listen to hype-up tunes with your Bose SoundSport headphones.) Or, skip the workout and go fishing instead by saving 25% on numerous brands of fishing gear.

Passing out in bed is going to look even better than usual with today’s bedding deals as well, including huge savings on fluffy goose down comforters and gel memory foam pillows.

Alexa will be the cherry on top for the days when you come home exhausted and can’t be bothered to do anything but plop on the bed. Use your Echo Dot to tell her to turn the lights off, shut the blinds, put on whatever soothing sounds put you to sleep, and pass TF out.

Here are Amazon’s best deals for Tuesday:

Outdoorsy stuff

The Fitbit Ionic.

The Fitbit Ionic.

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Bedroom stuff

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Home electronics

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Amazon devices

The Kindle Paperwhite.

The Kindle Paperwhite.

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Best Amazon deals for Monday, June 4: Fitbit gear, Oral-B toothbrushes, Amazon Echo Dot, Echo Show, and more

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The Kindle Paperwhite, electric razors, and metal detectors are also on sale.
The Kindle Paperwhite, electric razors, and metal detectors are also on sale.

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June is the perfect month to make up for any New Year’s Resolutions that you completely ignored this past winter, and today’s Amazon Daily Deals can help you do just that.

There’s no better motivation for working out than a fancy piece of arm candy like a fitness tracker, right? Select Fitbit items are up to $50 off today, including the best-selling Charge 2 in multiple colors. Then, keep track of your progress with this Bluetooth body fat smart scale from Etekcity. 23andMe DNA Ancestry kits are also on sale, including the one that tests your health traits and can let you know if there’s anything serious to look out for down the road.

If your resolution was to cut down the Netflix binging and get outside more, air mattresses from Etekcity are on sale to give you an excuse to go camping. Or, if you promised to take up a new hobby, some super nice metal detectors are on sale.

As always, numerous Amazon devices like the Echo Dot are on sale to make life at home 100 times more convenient — including the fanciest Echo device, the Echo Show, which is literally never on sale and $80 off today. Certified refurbished models of the Amazon Echo Plus are also on sale today, which come with a smart light bulb from Philips and can act as a Zigbee smart home hub.

Here’s the rundown of what’s up for grabs on Monday:

Indoor stuff

The Oral-B Genius Pro 8000.

The Oral-B Genius Pro 8000.

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Outdoor stuff

The Fitbit Charge 2.

The Fitbit Charge 2.

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Amazon devices

The Amazon Echo Plus.

The Amazon Echo Plus.

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Save $30 on a Fitbit Alta while Walmart has them on sale

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It's a widely held belief that one of the best ways to achieve a goal is to measure your progress.
It’s a widely held belief that one of the best ways to achieve a goal is to measure your progress.

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Spring weather means lots of people are trying to hit the pavement and get in shape. Pick up a Fitbit Alta on sale for $30 off at Walmart and keep track of your progress. After all, it’s a widely held belief that one of the best ways to achieve a goal is to measure your progress.

The Fitbit Alta is the slimmest Fitbit model to date, but still packs all the punch of the classic fitness tracker. It features continuous heart rate and calorie burn to measure every aspect of your workout and can even track your sleep activity so you can start taking steps toward a better night’s rest. 

Of course, the Alta tracks steps and distance, and will alert you when you hit the goal of 250 steps every hour. It can also hold a charge for five days, more than enough to cover your workouts all week.

The Fitbit Alta is normally listed at $149.95, but you can get it now for only $119.95 and save $30.