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What is Flakka?

(image from A new drug is sweeping across the country and drug interventionists have never seen anything like it. Most commonly referred to as “flakka”, this cheap drug is one of the fastest growing illegal substances on the street this year. Officially known as alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP), flakka is a highly addictive stimulant known to …

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Drug Overdose: A Tragedy

In the United States, the number of lethal drug overdose cases has been rising at an alarming rate. In 2013, 44,000 people died from drug overdoses–more than doubling since 1999. It has since become the leading cause of injury death. In addition, 24.6 million people 12 or older – a shocking 9.4 percent of the population – live …

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Is Alcohol a Drug?

Drinking plays a predominant role in American culture.  At least 70% of Americans said that they had a drink in the past 12 months.  The distinction between cultural acceptance and abuse is a slippery slope.  In 2013, 24.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past …

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