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What is K2 and Why is it Dangerous?

Shocking stories about the use of the synthetic marijuana, or K2, have been sweeping newsstands and social media channels. That is because an alarming number of individuals on the drug are flooding emergency rooms and police departments, acting violent, delusional, anxious and combative. U.S. poison centers have experienced a 229 percent increase in calls related to use and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the number of synthetic marijuana overdoses an outbreak. But what exactly is synthetic marijuana and why is there a spike in use?

What Two Addiction Experts Have to Say About Risky Drinking at College

It’s no secret that risky drinking, or drinking alcohol at levels that put a person at risk of health problems, is prevalent among students at colleges and universitiesTo get the perspective of addiction experts on this topic, we spoke with Clayton Neighbors, PhD, Professor, Director of Social Psychology and Director of the Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab at the University of Houston and CASAColumbia’s President & CEO, Samuel Ball, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, to ask them questions about risky drinking at college.  

Police Offer Treatment Over Jail Time: Applauding One Town’s Efforts to Prioritize the Public Health of its Community

The police in Gloucester, Massachusetts have taken a radical approach to combating the opioid drug epidemic affecting their citizens. The Gloucester Initiative, implemented on June 1st of this year, promises social support and treatment as opposed to stigma and jail time.

Why Some Movies Are Bad for Your Teen’s Health

References to smoking, drinking and drug use in movies and music have a significant influence on teens’ decisions to start using these substances. Exposure to this content makes teens more likely to use, and to use more. In a 2012 report, the Surgeon General concluded that “there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and the initiation of smoking among young people.” And yet, movie companies continue to depict smoking in G, PG and PG-13 films.

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