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The Year in Synthetic Drugs

By Dirk Hanson

From the "Bath Salts" Cannibal to a dramatic spike in Spice-related ER visits, 2012 was the year synthetics earned a place in the drug pantheon. MORE  

One Cannabis Collection, Seeks Loving Home

By Dirk Hanson

Oaksterdam University, the school for budding cannabis workers, needs a new home for its marijuana museum. MORE  

Tracking the "Cocaine Vaccine" in the Brain

By Dirk Hanson

Some unfortunate monkeys pioneer a high-tech way to fine-tune the dosage. MORE  

The "Eight-Week Herbal Cure" for Alcoholism

By Dirk Hanson

A company marketing "Sobrexa" makes ridiculous-sounding claims. But scientists say the active ingredient, a derivative of the kudzu vine, has real potential. MORE  

Major Oxy Distributor Forced to Shutter Florida Pill Mill

By Dirk Hanson

Today the DEA imposed a two-year suspension on Cardinal Health, the second largest distributor of the powerful painkillers. MORE  

Australia Day Heralds Alcohol Mayhem

By Dirk Hanson

Today is Australia's national holiday, but celebrations routinely get out of hand. MORE  

New Year's Booze Bans Succeed in Sydney

By Dirk Hanson

Cops and doctors report fewer ambulance runs, fights and "boof-heads," thanks to numerous alcohol-free zones. MORE  

Deep Brain Stimulation: Really?

By Dirk Hanson

Arguments rage on the validity of a drastic potential treatment for addiction. MORE  

How Coffee Messes With Meds

By Dirk Hanson

All manner of prescribed drugs are apparently incompatible with a cup of Joe. MORE  

Can Ecstasy Combat Autism?

By Dirk Hanson

A group of scientists believes that autism can be treated with the ultimate club drug. But not everyone is convinced. MORE  

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People in 12-step communities refer to outsiders as "normies." I dated one. It didn't go so well, but I'm all the stronger for it.

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The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

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