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Top 5 Scariest Drugs on Earth

  It seems that over time the media reports one scary new drug over one scary addiction. Here is our take on the 5 scariest substances out there today. Illicit methamphetamine use has been increasing throughout America since the 1980’s. From production of the drug to its comedown, it devastates users and sometimes entire communities. The production of methamphetamine may be the drug’s scariest aspect. Using highly explosive chemicals, often in tight quarters, meth can be made in any home or trailer. There are countless stories where houses have exploded within residential neighborhoods. Once the drugs are synthesized via dangerous methods, the violent chain of distribution begins. Traffickers are often organized gangs with ferocious reputations. By purchasing methamphetamine one is directly supporting violent-criminal acts.  The methamphetamine user experiences intense mania, paranoia, … Read entire article »

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Musicians and Addiction

Why do many musicians fall victim to addiction? Of course this question cannot be decisively answered, every case is different. But with addiction running rampant among musicians since the jazz era, there are common themes. Addiction surfaces throughout all careers. Maybe increased drug use among musicians is just our perception; maybe they just happen to be the ones which are allowed to admit the truth about their struggle. A notorious example is Kurt Cobain. Cobain had the odds stacked against him, a predisposition to addiction and mental illness, fame over a short period of time and the money that comes with it. Kurt Cobain was unable to navigate his new-found status and didn’t want be the representation of a generation. Falling deeper into heroin addiction and reclusive patterns, Kurt Cobain said goodbye … Read entire article »

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Poverty and Addiction

Poverty and Addiction

It is hard to tell whether poverty increases drug use, or drug use increases poverty. Either point can be infinitely debated. What cannot be debated is the higher rate of drug addiction within lower socio-economic neighborhoods. The term drug culture is often used to describe the inner city of Baltimore, Los Angeles, or New York. To create a drug culture there has to be widespread and generational involvement with drugs, for example, children born to addicted … Read entire article »

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Hepatitis C on the Rise in Young Drug Users

Hepatitis C on the Rise in Young Drug Users

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that attacks the liver, leads to inflammation and can be deadly.  Public knowledge concerning hepatitis C is much lower than other transmittable diseases, such as HIV (Mayo Clinic Staff). Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco recently released six new guidelines for preventing hepatitis C in young drug users. Since 1997, UCSF has been conducting a study of young drug users, particularly those who inject drugs, called “U Find Out”, … Read entire article »

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Needle Exchange Programs Benefit Entire Community

Needle Exchange Programs Benefit Entire Community

  When drug addicts take a step deeper in their addiction, they may begin to shoot up their drugs of choice intravenously. IV drug users are at a very high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS or other transmittable diseases, especially if they are sharing and reusing needles. In the late 1980’s, needle exchange programs started to pop up around the country in order to combat the HIV epidemic among drug users by providing clean needles and a … Read entire article »

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The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … Read entire article »

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Pope Francis Takes Firm Stance against Drug Legalization

  Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of drugs while on a landmark trip to Brazil in July. During Francis’ first trip to back to South America, where he is from, the Pope urged regional leaders to take a firm stance against drug legalization plans in Latin America. Pope Francis denounced the illegal drug trade as well, condemning drug dealers and drug traffickers. “How many dealers of death there are that follow the logic of money and power at any cost! The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage,” he said. He also urged people to overcome the roots of the drug epidemic while on the third day of his … Read entire article »

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Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

  In 1999, the bodies of 3 mummified children from the Inca Empire were discovered in a shrine on the summit of Llullaillaco, a volcano at the border of current day Argentina and Chile, their bodies incredibly preserved due to the cold.  Throughout the subsequent years, these Incan mummies have gained international fame, especially the eldest child, dubbed “The Maiden.”  Since their discovery, scientists have been testing their hair and bodies for more information regarding the … Read entire article »

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Fake Drug Checkpoints in Mayfield Heights Spark Controversy

  In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that random checkpoints intended to check for drugs violated the Fourth Amendment (Associated Press). Police in the Mayfield Heights suburb of Cleveland, Ohio skirted around that ruling by setting up fake drug checkpoints along I-271, and despite the fact that the following searches resulted in some arrests and seizures, civil rights advocates and some members of the community are upset over this controversial tactic. The way that these fake drug checkpoints were set up seems specifically designed to trick motorists. Police put up signs along I-271 that warned motorists, “Drug Checkpoint Ahead,” and “Police K9 Dog in Use,” advising motorists to be prepared to stop (Peters). Instead, police proceeded to watch how people reacted to the signs and if they acted in a way … Read entire article »

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Were Cavemen ‘Tripping’? New Research Suggests Cavemen took Psychedelic Drugs

Were Cavemen ‘Tripping’? New Research Suggests Cavemen took Psychedelic Drugs

Tens of thousands of years ago, prehistoric humans painted cave walls during spiritual or ritualistic experiences. In various parts of the globe, the geometric patterns that appear in these paintings are strikingly similar. However, there was no way these isolated primitive societies could have communicated with or influenced each other. Scientists are now suggesting that these similarities are no accident – the geometric patterns mimic common neural patterns that people visualize when they take hallucinogenic … Read entire article »

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