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10 Countries That Ended Their War on Drugs

America’s war on drugs has reached a tipping point. Fifty-one percent of all federal prisoners between 2011 and 2013 were serving time for drug related offenses. The “war” has officially been raging since the ’70s when President Nixon declared drugs public enemy number one. However, strict Puritanical policies regarding illicit substances began in the early […]




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4 Ways to Treat Depression Without Drugs

Less than a hundred years ago, treatment for depression might have simply been a doctor suggesting that the patient, “Keep their chin up” or “develop a stiff upper lip.” Today, however, patients with severe depression could receive any number of prescribed medications with hopes of relieving their symptoms. The problem is, anti-depressants don’t always work […]




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The “Crystal” Menace: Methamphetamine and Addiction

Everyone of a certain age has heard about Methamphetamines. This incredibly addictive central nervous stimulant has even been the subject of the hit television show, “Breaking Bad,” which aired for 6 seasons, from 2008 to 2013. Often going by names like “crystal meth,” “ice,” and “glass,” methamphetamines wreak havoc on the lives of users and […]




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A Brief Guide to Drug Scheduling in the United States

From Dr. McMunn’s Elixir of Opium, sold in the 1830s, to the state of Colorado legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana, the U.S. has a long history of government drug regulation. Current federal law defines 5 separate categories or “schedules” for drugs. Substances are classified by their acceptable medical use and potential for […]




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51 Random Acts of Kindness and Why They Matter

Neurologists have long known that when we feel physical pain, a part of our brain lights up. A study at the University of California Berkeley has also shown that the brain responds in a similar manner when we witness someone else experience pain. According to researchers, empathy is a fundamental aspect of being human. People […]




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The Dangers of Abusing Ketamine – Falling Into the K-Hole

If your first thought is about a bowl of cereal after hearing the phrase “Special K,” you’re likely not a college or high school aged party animal. Slang for the drug Ketamine, “Special K” is classified as a fast-acting, but short-lasting, dissociative anesthetic that produces an “out of body,” psychedelic type high comparable to LSD […]




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The Use and Abuse of Benzodiazepines, aka Benzos

The psychoactive class of drugs known as Benzodiazepines was discovered by a Polish-American chemist in 1955. As an anti-anxiety drug, Benzos, as they’re often referred to, have a wide range of medical applications. These highly addictive drugs are, in fact, so effective that by 1977 they became the most prescribed medications in the world. The […]




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Calming The Mind: Famous People With Anxiety Disorders

Having the right amount of anxiety is an important part of being a healthy adult. Anxiety sometimes warns us that we need to take action, prepare for an event, or in different circumstances, it keeps us out of harm’s way. Persistent and uncontrollable anxiety, however, is disabling and causes an irrational dread of everyday situations. […]




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7 Well-Known People With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The National Center For Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, an arm of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), has designated the month of June as PTSD Awareness Month. By bringing attention to this mental illness, the VA hopes to reduce the stigma associated with it and educate people on the available treatment options for both veterans […]




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Celebrities With Eating Disorders

A healthy self-image is a key component for mental well being. In an era when self-worth is more often based on appearance rather than social contributions or personal achievement, however, it’s difficult to maintain a realistic perspective on our own sense of self. This is especially true for people, like athletes or celebrities that work […]




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