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10 Cocaine and other Drug Products of the Past (Cocaine Products, Old drug products) - ODDEE

10 Cocaine and other Drug Products of the Past (Cocaine Products, Old drug products) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Cocaine, morphine, and even heroin were seen as miracle cures when they were first discovered.
Substances prohibited today were legally available in the past, so until the late 1800, manufacturers proudly proclaimed that their products contained such drugs. Today we present you ten of this incredible old ads. (Cocaine Products, Old drug products)
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As a kid, I was given paregoric as cough medicine. I don't remember if it helped my coughing, but it sure made me feel better. 92 proof with an opium kicker. Funny thing, I didn't grow up an addict or a drunk, but I still cough a lot—a little thing called allergies. 

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Why Pot Gives People the Munchies

Why Pot Gives People the Munchies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It may be the most notorious side-effect of smoking dope — that sudden urge to eat anything and everything in the house. It starts with corn chips but takes ...
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Interesting stuff here. Of course there are those of us who don't need marijuana to give us the munchies.

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Regular marijuana use bad for teens' brains

Regular marijuana use bad for teens' brains | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing public health implications of marijuana legalization at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.
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While I support decriminalizing pot, that doesn't mean I think it safe, especially for teens and young kids. Just as tobacco and alcohol should come with warnings and public education, so should marijuana. There is a health price to all substance use, and kids deserve the information necessary to make informed decisions.

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Which Drugs Actually Kill Americans [Infographic]

Which Drugs Actually Kill Americans [Infographic] | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In 2010, there were 80,000 drug and alcohol overdose deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for
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We are fighting a war on drugs, but actually it's the prescription drugs that are doing us the most harm.

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A town in Massachusetts decided to stop arresting drug users. 2 months later, here's how it's going.

A town in Massachusetts decided to stop arresting drug users. 2 months later, here's how it's going. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The early results are in.
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A promising beginning. Of course, the real question is where those treated addicts go with their lives after release from rehab. Hopefully it will be into supportive programs, jobs, and decent lives. What is clear to me is that if they simply spiral back into addiction it might have made more sense to withhold the detox drug and allowed them to die. Which gets us to some number. If only one person in ten is saved, does that justify the program? One in twenty? Perhaps one in the hundred? What is your thinking?

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‘You will not be arrested for using drugs’: What a sane drug policy looks like

‘You will not be arrested for using drugs’: What a sane drug policy looks like | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How the Dutch are keeping drug users safe by treating them like adults.
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Be sure to read the last paragraph; it tells the real reason why American policy needs to change.

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Marijuana poses more risks than many realize

Marijuana poses more risks than many realize | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Doctors say they're increasingly fielding questions about the safety of marijuana, as use of the drug rises and more communities consider legalizing it. Here's what we know and don't know about health effects.
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Now the educational work about marijuana begins. It's really fairly simple: don't use too much, be aware and don't let yourself become dependent on it, don't give it to kids. Being legal doesn't mean the same as it's safe anymore than alcohol or tobacco or even caffeine are necessarily safe. 

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Pot Plans: Efforts Surge in Congress to Reform Marijuana Laws | TIME.com

Pot Plans: Efforts Surge in Congress to Reform Marijuana Laws | TIME.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Congress introduces legislation to respond to the increasingly popular marijuana-legalization movement
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It is certainly time to change this destructive and foolish laws and to stop the war on drugs that has done so much damage.

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