United States (JR) – Teenagers in wealthy American suburbs seem to have it all: a nice home, great opportunities. More often than other adolescents, they also seem to have a taste for drugs and alcohol. Researchers have documented higher levels of drug abuse and binge drinking in white, wealthy suburbs than in other communities. A 2017 survey of over 13,000 American high school students found that attendance at a school with high median family income was associated with more students engaging in this type of risky behavior. “These results highlight the central role of schools and peers in driving social norms and expectations affecting mental and behavioral Read MoreRead More
World (GREED) – There is a casual trend in conversation regarding the “drug problem”. It’s usually something to the effect of “Why do paramedics/police even bother reviving heroin addicts? Just let them die! Narcan just lets addicts do more heroin!” (Sewell, 2016) Unfortunately, there is a widely held assumption that heroin addicts are all alley-dwelling, dirty, mean, drug-crazed vampires with no friends or family whom “society” should waste no resources on, as “society” would be better off without them. It is likely that these preconceived notions are based in ignorance of how people become addicted, the effects, and how these Read MoreRead More
World (Sputnik) – A study of brain scans by researchers at the University of Sussex and Imperial College London has revealed the psychedelic drugs LSD, ketamine and psilocybin do in fact induce heightened states of consciousness, confirming the claims of psychedelic advocates that have abounded since the psychotropic 1960s. The team administered the drugs to healthy volunteers, measuring their neuron activity post-dosage using magnetoencephalographic (MEG) scans. The scans revealed test subjects experienced more random brain activity than normal while under the influence, which produced a panopl of peculiar feelings. Participants reported feelings of floating, time dilation and disassociation. “What we find is that under each of these Read MoreRead More
(FEE) – I was talking with a non-coffee-drinking friend recently, and mentioned that I was probably going to have to bring caffeinated tea with me on an upcoming trip because there wasn’t going to be a coffeemaker there. “Addict,” he said. “Nuh uh,” I responded brilliantly. “When’s the last time you went two days without coffee?” he countered. “Two weeks ago,” I shot back. “Three days?” he asked. “… It happened, I just don’t take note of when I do and don’t drink coffee.” Which was a perfectly reasonable response. “Uh huh,” he rolled his eyes. “I am not Read MoreRead More
Lancaster, Pennsylvania (GREED) – Is addiction a choice or a disease? It certainly isn’t good, right? So why do addicts keep getting high? Why do they become so cold; how can they care about ONLY getting the next fix? Here is some insight from those who have suffered addiction. My only hope is to help all gain some understanding. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? There are many reasons someone may decide to start using. It could be for fun, in celebration, for relief of a feeling, pain, anxiety, or practically anything else. I know of no one that thought, “I’m going Read MoreRead More
(GREED) – Unaffected by America’s newly tensed political climate, psychedelic exploration continues to re-develop. Even in the absence of mainstream scientific research, citizens take to reality gathering their own analysis’. That’s partly what led me to Milwaukee’s only sensory deprivation float tank center. My experience there, undoubtedly, beckons a return to the tank’s confounding trappings. Sensory deprivation tanks were first introduced to me via a VICE documentary featuring Hamilton Morris. The journalist and explorer made quite the name for himself with on-camera experimentation with a variety of compounds. Morris’ work also explores the socio-economic, cultural, and health impacts these substances Read MoreRead More
The Pentagon may be easing up on rules and requirements for military recruits — possibly allowing single parents, marijuana users, and people who are overweight.
Speaking on Tuesday at City College of New York, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter discussed the “challenges of recruitment in a nation that is fatter, increasingly at ease with smoking marijuana, and producing more single-parent homes,” the Washington Times reports.
“We’re going to review and update these standards as appropriate,” Mr. Carter said. “Now, some of these things we’ll never be able to compromise on. And we will always have to maintain high standards. But at the same time, these benchmarks must be kept relevant for both today’s force and tomorrow’s, meaning we have to ensure they’re not unnecessarily restrictive.”Read More