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10 Years of Meth Lab Explosions

You’ve probably heard about the dangers of methamphetamine – an addictive stimulant drug used by 569,000 people in the U.S. in 2014. Meth ravages t...

Overdoses Visualized

Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Ce...

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Drug Trafficking Across Borders

Data on drug seizures at the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at th...

From Lashings to Death

Drug penalties vary widely around the globe. In the countries with the strictest laws, possessing an illicit substance can lead to hefty fines, phy...

From Birth to Epidemic

A variety of dangerous illicit drugs have historically loomed large in American society. Some of today’s most notorious substances were once medica...

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State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal cour...

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Global Drug Prices

The cost to get high can have a profound effect on the percentage of people active in substance abuse. The cheaper a drug is, the more accessible i...

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Decade of Drug Overdose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on...

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cocaine

With this help of Google Trends, this unique analysis looks at the illicit trade, economics, and consumption of cocaine on a global scale.

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The Science Behind Addiction

Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but...

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vice-capitals

People often hear in the news that a particular city has become a “capital” for certain activities, and more often than not, it’s something that ca...

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instagram-drug-dealers

Social media platforms operate in a Wild West world of limited regulations, often hiding behind the shield of user privacy to avoid taking action a...

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The Rise and Fall of The Silk Road

Ross William Ulbricht, known as Dread Pirate Roberts, was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013 and charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and com...

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Rise or the Study Drug

In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a high potential for abuse that may lead t...

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New Years Resolutions & Substance Abuse

The arrival of a new year represents a turning point for many people, and an opportunity to make long-awaited changes in their lives. While perhaps...

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Celebrities & Drug-Related Deaths

With great wealth and fame also comes great responsibility – especially for celebrities. Famous actors, musicians, and athletes all have to maintai...

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Substance Use at Live Music Events

If you’re gearing up for a music festival, there are some things you probably want to ensure you have with you. Most veterans will recommend not le...

Pain Killer Protocol

  It’s only been 21 years since the introduction of OxyContin started what we now refer to as the “opioid epidemic,” yet the number of deaths from ...

A Decade of American Drug Use

  In the nation’s ongoing drug crisis, grim statistics abound. Each day, approximately 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses. Methamphetamine use i...

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The State Of Alcohol In America

These days, picking your poison can get pretty complicated. Americans are drinking more frequently and intensely than ever before and selecting fro...

Political Parties on Drug Use

A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polari...

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The Rise of Drug Deaths in America

This year, drug overdose deaths surpassed firearm deaths for the first time, making the issue of addiction and drug abuse an even greater concern f...

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AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically – effectively more ...

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The Dilaudid Dilemma

Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as...

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Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the mo...

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Holiday Highs and Lows

For many Americans, the end of the year brings images of happy families gathered around a Christmas tree, big dinners of turkey and stuffing, holid...

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K2 Knowledge

For the last few years, the use of synthetic cannabinoids – also known as K2, Spice, Fake Weed, and over 500 other street names – has been on the r...

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Party Culture and Substance Use

Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking – or drinking enough to significantly...

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Seized

In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States.1 In the same...

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What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there’s another risk that...

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Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and a...

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America’s Pill Mills

For the past 20 years, the U.S. has been in the midst of an invisible and deadly battle. Prescription opioids. Once thought to be a safe treatment ...

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Overdosed

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of ...

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Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year. To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both a...

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America’s Drug Awareness

For the first time in a decade, the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased vio...

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Sentencing by State 2

have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inm...

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The Rise of Tramadol: Exploring the Dangers and Conversations Around This Opioid

Tramadol, also known as Ultram, is a prescription opioid medication used for the treatment of postoperative pain, cancer-associated pain, and chron...

Drugs and Devotion

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single ...

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If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today’s illicit drugs of abuse were available legall...

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Drugs on Mars and Venus

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the ’90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is th...

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From Bath Salts to Flakka: Searching for Designer Drugs

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The new and unfamiliar often elicits fear of the unknown. But when the new and unfamiliar is a drug – and when t...

The Cost of Drugs in the NFL

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Athletes playing in professional sports leagues often seek every available opportunity to gain a competitive edg...

Emergency Room Injuries

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Accidental injuries are an unavoidable and unfortunate part of life. Try as we may to avoid it, there comes a ti...

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Police-Related Tweets

Public opinions on the topic of law enforcement and their controversial methods are sure to be as intense as they are wide ranging. To learn more, ...

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The Effects of Meth on Your Body

The Effects of Meth on Your Body During the past two decades, illicit methamphetamine – also known as crystal meth – has presented one of the large...

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Weed the People

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Since the We the People petitioning system was launched on Whitehouse.gov in September 2011, more than half a mi...

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The Effects of Opiates on the Body

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook   They’re potent, they’re dangerous – and they could be in your medicine cabinet. In 2012, 259 million prescript...

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The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

Drinking alcohol puts you in a league with 70 percent of Americans who also do. And though nights spent with a beer, a glass of your favorite vino,...

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Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Growth of Concerts and Music Festivals  One of the most notable trends in music today is the growth of the m...

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State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The United States has 5% of the world’s population – and 25% of its prisoners. The average cost to house a minim...

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Across Generations

Substance abuse – both of alcohol and/or illicit drugs – has always maintained a consistent presence in American culture. As new drugs have been de...

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Drugs in the News

In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it...

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Drug Arrests Across America

The Current Drug Landscape An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or over used an illicit drug in 2013. That’s 9.4% of the population.1 The nu...

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The Explosion of Hash Oil

Much like any other area of our culture, the illicit drug market experiences trends in the rise and fall of new products, from crack cocaine to Oxy...

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