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A collection of growing khat shrubs.

Let’s Talk About Khat


Sara Bellum
April 23, 2014

Never heard of khat (pronounced “cot”)? That’s okay—not many people in the United States use it (its use isn’t measured, so we don’t know the exact numbers). Read More »

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan on Why Recovery Can Be So Hard

Sara Bellum
August 22, 2013

“I’m an addict,” Lindsay Lohan told Oprah in a recent interview. Read More »

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Fruity Alcoholic Drinks

Alco-Pops: A Refreshment to Rethink

Sara Bellum
August 20, 2013

In June 2010, SBB warned teens about marketing gimmicks surrounding these alcoholic beverages. They’re still on the market, so here’s a refresher for why you should avoid them. Read More »

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package of K2

“Spice” – Not as Fun as it Sounds

Sara Bellum
August 14, 2013

SBB first alerted teens to the dangers of Spice in February 2011. Check out the post below. Read More »

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Alex Rodriguez

Baseball’s Steroid Problem: Why Won’t It End?

Sara Bellum
August 07, 2013

On Monday, the news broke that New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for 211 games for using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). He is appealing, but as it stands, this is the longest non-lifetime suspension in baseball to date. Read More »

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Meth-a-morphosis shows deterioration of a meth user's appearance

Meth Mouth and Crank Bugs: Meth-a-morphosis

Sara Bellum
July 31, 2013

Few SBB posts have gotten as many grossed-out reactions from readers as this one from January 2010—check out what meth does to your body and let us know in comments what you think. Read More »

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