In an effort to curb those in the U.S. Navy from using bath salts–a drug the military apparently has trouble controlling among its sailors, the Navy has released a bizarre and disturbing new Public Service Announcement designed to make anyone in the military–and those at home–swear off this drug for life. More
President Obama‘s admission that the federal government has “bigger fish to fry” than recreational pot smokers made big headlines this morning; at the same time, gunmen entered a Connecticut elementary school and killed, at latest count, 18 children. We think this proves the point. More
One of the primary culprits in the neurobiological development of Alzheimer’s disease is a protein called amyloid beta, which can build up and form plaques in the brain. Now European scientists are reporting that a common psoriasis drug could stop these plaques from forming by targeting a natural inflammatory response in our brains — lending credence to the idea of Alzheimer’s as an auto-immune disease. More
Does your medicine cabinet need a makeover? It’s surprisingly common for over the counter medication to cause a rebound effect, prolonging symptoms and making you feel worse. Even a few consecutive days taking certain cold, cough, sleep and indigestion meds can backfire, triggering the rebound and making you dependent on the medicine to feel well. When it comes to the following medicine cabinet staples, you’ll want to use caution (or the trash disposal) to make sure your otc remedies aren’t actually making you ill. More
Ever since the USADA has been all over Lance Armstrong about his supposed blood doping during his professional career, fans have been enraged. And ever since Armstrong bowed out of further investigations and relinquished his seven Tour de France titles, those fans have become even more enraged. So much so that the CEO of the USADA is now receiving death threats. More
There is a new teen drug known as “Smiles” that is freaking people out–and rightly so. It not only causes hallucinations and heart arrhythmias, but it’s also killing kids.
Sold in powder or tablet form, 2C-I–also known as “Smiles”–is a class of drugs related to amphetamines, which is typically mixed with a stabilizing substance like chocolate or candy before ingesting. More
WTF, Gen Y? Certainly everyone our age has seen enough movies and heard about enough addicted celebrities to know that things go along swimmingly for your average drug user until they start using heroin. Then you’re having sex with strangers and stealing your mom’s TV and hiding suppositories up your bum maybe getting stabbed by your ex-girlfriend (RIP Elliott). This is not a route you want to take. Yet taking it more people are, across the country and at younger ages. More
Still on the fence about whether Lance Armstrong engaged in illegal doping during his professional career? One of his former teammates, Tyler Hamilton, is not. In fact, in his new book, Hamilton rips Armstrong apart and calls him a major liar and cheater. More
As much as it pains me to say this, Lance Armstrong may have lied. He may have cheated. And he may have just been caught. Fans of this seven-time Tour de France winner are waking up today to the news that he is quitting his battle against drug charges from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and forgoing his titles and his legacy as a true American hero. It’s a move that makes it appear he is guilty after all. More
Over the last year or so, we’ve been hearing a lot about bath salts, which sound calming and lovely, but are in fact very dangerous drugs. The synthetic chemical compounds, which were sold completely legally in bodegas and smoke shops until recently, can lead to hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, high blood pressure, and even violence. Lawmakers have been passing bans on both the local and federal levels–but it’s proving more difficult than they initially thought. More
Before bath salts and Breaking Bad, there were plant-based hallucinogens, and they weren’t used as a cure for boredom: Many of them were (and still are) used to achieve a natural high in the pursuit of religion. More
Nurses at a North Carolina hospital noticed something strange recently: more and more newborns testing positive for marijuana during screening tests. In fact, the spike was so drastic that researchers decided to look into the matter. Turns out that certain soaps – surprisingly popular ones from big names like Aveeno and Johnson & Johnson – are the cause.
Before you toss out your baby soap – or, rather, attempt to smoke it – know that the infants were not actually high. (Sadly, no babies watching The Big Lebowski with a giant bowl of all dressed.) “It’s not marijuana in any way, shape or form,” said study researcher Catherine Hammett-Stabler of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Yes, the newborns tested positive for THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), but you can rest assured they weren’t teething on any frozen pot cookies. More
According to new numbers from the CDC, for the first time, teens smoke more pot than cigarettes. Which, to be honest, is actually kind of great because almost every study on the subject has found marijuana to be less harmful, and because marijuana use tends to be much less frequent and persistent than cigarette use. But if pot use among teens is on the rise–which it seems to be, though not by much–adults need to catch up and start giving kids practical, straightforward information about the drug. More