November 19th, 2010

Parents Hides Crack in Daughter’s Shoe

On Wednesday a Boston preschool teacher heeded the complaints of one of her students, who complained of foot pain. When the teacher took off her sneaker, she found 17 bags of crack cocaine hidden inside. The girl claimed that her mother had put “candy” inside the sneaker, and the ...

November 18th, 2010

New Highly-Addictive Drug On the Rise in South Africa

A new drug has arrived in South Africa that leaves many users addicted after their first try. In a country where two-fifths of the citizens live on less than $2 a day, this drug, called Whoonga, is rapidly wreaking havoc on South African youth. Whoonga is a drug cocktail created from a variety ...

November 17th, 2010

Four Loko to Remove Caffeine From Formula; Get FDA Warning

They may as well change their name to Loko. In light of Washington and other states banning Four Loko after incidents of hospitalization, Phusion Projects LLC, the makers of Four Loko, have decided to remove caffeine, guarana and taurine from the Four Loko formula. Those are three of the four ...

November 16th, 2010

Digital Drugs: Are Binaural Beats the New Gateway Drug?

Young people around the country are listening to mp3s online that claim to invoke a sensation of being high. This relatively new phenomenon is known as digital drugs, or I-Dosing. I-Dosing mp3s typically consist of long, droning sounds and use binaural beats — two external frequencies ...

November 15th, 2010

Medical Marijuana Approved in Tight Race in Arizona

Add Arizona to the list of states where Medical Marijuana is approved. In a closely contested race, voters approved Proposition 203 – a ballot measure that legalized medical marijuana in the state. More than 1.6 million votes were cast on the ballot, with 50.1 voting “yes” on ...

November 12th, 2010

Los Angeles City Council considering reopening Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Though California has defeated the proposition to legalize marijuana for recreational use, legislation is still occurring to get marijuana into the hands of the public. The Los Angeles City Council recently met to discuss amending the medical marijuana ordinance for the city, and is expected to ...

November 10th, 2010

Four Lokos and other Alcoholic Energy Drinks to be banned in The State of Washington.

In a follow up to the Four Loko blog post published last month, the anti-Alcoholic energy drink has continued to grow. Now, entire states are banning drinks such as Four Loko, with Utah being the first. Other states, such as California, Michigan, and Montana, have banned or provided limited ...

November 10th, 2010

FDA Requiring Cigarettes to Display Warning Labels.

For the first time in 25 years, The Food and Drug Administration will be requiring cigarette companies to change the packaging for cigarettes. More specifically, it will require graphic warning labels that would cover half of a package’s front and back, as well as the top quarter of all ...

November 5th, 2010

San Francisco vs. The Happy Meal

San Francisco has voted with a veto-proof margin to prevent McDonald’s to serve Happy Meals. This measure makes San Francisco the first bit city to ban fast food restaurants from giving a free toy with meals that have a high level of calories and fat. Instead, the ordinance is requiring ...

October 29th, 2010

FDA deined approval for a new weight-loss drug: Qnexa

In July, an advisory committee to the FDA voted against approval of the Qnexa, a new weight-loss prescription drug. Qnexa is a combination of two pre-existing drugs: phentermine and topiramate. Concerns have been raised about whether the medication can cause birth defects, heart attack and ...

October 29th, 2010

Would Taking “Study Drugs” Be Considered Cheating?

Adderall. Ritalin. Those of us who have been to college know of the stresses that come with trying to maintain a great GPA, and I am sure many of us know the pressures with being the best. And many have been known to take the aforementioned study pills – small amphetamines that some call ...

October 25th, 2010

Drunk Driving Mom Uses Child to Fool Sobriety Test

Last week, in La Pêche, Quebec, Nicole Gagnon, a 43-year-old mother of four, was arrested for driving drunk. Her blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit. At the time of her arrest, Gagnon was driving with three of her children, aged five, eight and ten. While she did have ...

October 22nd, 2010

Drug-Sniffing Dogs Offered to Concerned Parents

Every parent has the concern that their children are partaking in illegal drugs behind their backs. It would be difficult to tell whether or not the children are lying on the subject, but in Baltimore, a way has been presented to remedy this. A Maryland-based non-profit group, known as Dogs ...

October 20th, 2010

Hundred Tons of Marijuana Seized in Tijuana

On Monday, Mexican officials seized more than 134 tons of Marijuana in Tijuana. This has already been called the largest drug bust in Mexican history. The drugs were seized after the police noticed a suspicious line of vehicles during a patrol. The officers were soon attacked but discovered the ...

October 18th, 2010

Fifth Grader Turns in his Mom and Dad’s Marijuana. Parents Get Misdemeanors.

In the spirit of the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education (DARE) program at his school, an elementary school student from North Carolina turned in his own parents for harboring marijuana. After DARE, a program designed to give children the awareness of the dangers and illegality of drugs, held ...

October 15th, 2010

Energy/Alcoholic "Cocktail" Banned from College.

After an incredible raucous start of the school year that resulted in 23 hospitalizations for alcohol intoxication, New Jersey school Ramapo College has made the decision to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages. These drinks, such as Four Loko, Sparks, or Joose, comes in 23.5-ounce cans and has ...

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