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A handful of dried spice leaves.

Spice Is Not Fake Marijuana—Not Even Close

May 14, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Spice, also known as K2 or “synthetic (manmade) marijuana,” is not nice. Read More »

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A collection of growing khat shrubs.

Let’s Talk About Khat

April 23, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

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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Man holding a needle to give a teen girl an injection.

The Connection Between Pain Medications and Heroin

April 02, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Note: We published an updated version of this post in 2015. Read the updated version here. Read More »

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Teen girl pulled over in her car by a policeman.

Legal Marijuana and Driving: A Public Safety Problem

March 26, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

When you’re driving down the highway at 60 miles per hour, you need a clear head. Driving while distracted by your phone or driving under the influence of alcohol both can lead to crashes and tragedy. Read More »

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Hookah surrounded by tobacco smoke.

High School Seniors Are Taking Up the Hookah

March 19, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

NIDA’s 2013 Monitoring the Future study reported that more than 20%—that’s 1 in 5—high school seniors have used a hookah to smoke tobacco. A hookah is a pipe that burns flavored tobacco and passes the smoke through water before it is inhaled. Read More »

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