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Global Substance Use Breakdown (Hint: Americans Love Painkillers)

It's easy to zoom in on drug and alcohol use to America, nestling with home-grown problems, but where do we stand with the rest of the world? Are we, the culture of excess and over-consumption, "normal?" Alcohol The world drank the equivalent of 1.6 gallons of alcohol per person in 2005, according to the World Health Organization, averaging 2-2.65 gallons per person, per year, in the U.S...

February 29, 2012 — Cassie Rodenberg
Mind & Brain

A drug year in review, 2011

March 1 -- Chemicals used in K2 and Spice, smokeable herbal products that elicit a marijuana-like high, are regulated as Schedule 1 drugs by the DEA April 19 -- Over 5,300 sites join the DEA's second "Take-Back Prescription Drugs" mission, a community effort to collect unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication June 30 -- Operation "Pill Mill" arrests made for distribution of hundreds of thousands of illegal oxycodone pills July 14 -- Nevada police make a record 208-pound seizure of methamphetamine July 20 -- Over 13,000 marijuana plants seized in Southern Utah July 23 -- Amy Winehouse dies from alcohol overdose October 21 -- MDPV and mephedrone (common components of 'bath salts' stimulant) classified as a Schedule 1 Drug November 30 -- Officials discover a major U.S.-Mexico smuggling tunnel in San Diego and seize a record 32 tons of marijuana December 14 -- Alcohol and tobacco use cited at a historic low among teens but levels of marijuana, prescription drug and alternate tobacco products use remain high December 23 -- 'No refusal' DUI programs now cover 30 states, where police can obtain warrants to take suspected drunk drivers' blood samples if suspects refuse breathalyzer tests For a more extensive write-up as well as statistics, see Neurobonkers' "2011: The Year in Drugs."..

December 31, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg
Mind & Brain

Street slang in drug education advertises more than it helps

Yesterday, I asked a 12-year-old the biggest lessons he learned from a recent middle school drug assembly. The answers I received contained the terms “White Lightning,” “Hurricane Charlie” and “Trail Mix.” While valuable for kids to have drug education programs in schools, it becomes a pressing concern when lesser known drugs and/or street names are the primary concepts gleaned from lessons...

December 27, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg
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