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The molecular structure of a hallucinogen

15 Feb The Myth of Harmless Hallucinogens

Hallucinogenic drugs have been around for thousands of years, and have actually had cultural implications in many ancient societies. However, modern chemistry has led to the rise of several new hallucinogens, which are the most popular, such as LSD and PCP. As the usage rates of hallucinogens continues to rise, it has led to an increasing acceptance of the myth that hallucinogens are a harmless drug, since they pale in comparison to harder drugs, like myth or methamphetamines. Here is some information about why this is a myth, and the dangers that are still associated with hallucinogenic drugs...
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A teenager lights up a joint.

22 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 4

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A heroin syringe with cocaine.

15 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 3

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A young woman stares at drugs.

08 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 2

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A doctor in front of the Philippine flag

22 Oct The Drug War of the Philippines

There was recently a bit of drama between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that ended with a meeting between the two world leaders being struck from Obama’s scheduled visits to Asia. What caused this international spat? Obama criticized the Philippines for its martial drug war that has led to the death of thousands, and Duterte called Obama a “son of a whore.” However, Duterte deserves to be criticized for his conduct, and the nation of the Philippines’ drug war is a major human rights violation of our time. Let’s take a look at this disgrace of law and justice...
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Drugs cover a map of North America.

15 Oct How Cartels Affect Life in Mexico Part 3

PART 3 This article is a continuation in a series about the effects that cartels have to the lives of the Mexican people, and how the violence of these criminal institutions creates an unstable environment throughout the entire country. This series looks at the lasting effects that the drug trade has made possible by fueling the rise of organizations that are responsible for billions of dollars in drugs being funneled into the United States, as well as the deaths and disappearances of thousands of people in North America. High rates of missing people As we’ve stated in this series before, there are thousands of people who vanish in Mexico, every single year, due to activity from the cartels. As of 2014, many analysts put the number of people who have gone missing in the Mexican cartels’ drug war at 26,000. This doesn’t include thousands of others who have already been pronounced dead, even in the absence of a body, nor does it include the 60,000 who have been killed in retaliation for government action. Perhaps most shockingly of all, 40% of these missing person cases have never even been opened for investigation. These numbers create a sharp tone of distrust and unease in a country that is often known for being incredibly hospitable.
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Drugs cover Mexican money.

08 Oct How Cartels Affect Life in Mexico Part 2

PART 2 This article is a continuation in a series about the effects that cartels have to the lives of the Mexican people, and how the violence of these criminal institutions creates an unstable environment throughout the entire country. This series looks at the lasting effects that the drug trade has made possible by fueling the rise of organizations that are responsible for billions of dollars in drugs being funneled into the United States, as well as the deaths and disappearances of thousands of people in North America. Small businesses have higher risks The ability to start businesses and create commerce is what gives a country the economic backing that it needs to survive and raise the standard of living of its citizens. This process has become complicated in many regions of Mexico over the last decade. In cities like Juarez, every single small business needs to pay protection and extortion money to the cartels, which creates a higher risk of starting up a company. This has driven many jobs from regions that need economic assistance the most. Although larger corporations can still function in these violent areas, they are not immune to the negative effects, and may find their supply lines raided to pay off cartels.
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Lines of cocaine cover Mexican pesos.

01 Oct How Cartels Affect Life in Mexico Part 1

PART 1 Did you know that an American is literally over 1000 times more likely to get killed by a Mexican cartel than by a member of ISIS? Despite this fact, it seems that the media coverage that we dedicate to the violence beneath our southern border is slim, by comparison. With this in mind, remember that the violence perpetuated against the people of Mexico by these cartels is even worse. The sad truth is that drug abuse in the United States has a chilling effect that goes far beyond our own borders, as the drug trade is what fuels this institution of violence and despair. Here are some of the ways that cartels affect life in Mexico...
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hollywood sign

15 Jun Why Is Drug Use So Prevalent in Hollywood?

Addiction affects people from all walks of life, and the entertainment industry is definitely no exception. Drug abuse, addiction, and overdose unfortunately seem all-too-common in Hollywood, and it makes you wonder what it is about Hollywood that makes drug use practically the norm. Here is a look at some reasons as to why drug use might be so prevalent in the entertainment industry.
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