Cocaine on Campus: Our Silent Body Count

Cocaine on Campus: Our Silent Body Count

As the new year trudges into fall break and first years get settled into campus life, Vanderbilt’s cocaine usage is nearing its peak as first years become connected to dealers while new markets become new pools of potential buyers.   Like most other college campuses in America, underage drinking and...

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Adderall: Studying Miracle or Hidden Danger?

Adderall: Studying Miracle or Hidden Danger?

With midterms, papers, and projects piling up, it’s not difficult to feel overwhelmed with work as a student. How does one handle all of this work? Jesse, a Vanderbilt student whose name has been changed, does it by taking Adderall. Jesse describes Adderall as “a miracle study tool. I don’t...

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Up in Smoke: How 2013 Saw Intl Drug Prohibition Unravel

Up in Smoke: How 2013 Saw Intl Drug Prohibition Unravel

As The Economist noted in February, drug prohibition has not worked as well as one might have hoped: Since 1998, when the UN held an event entitled “A drug-free world: we can do it”, consumption of cannabis (marijuana) and cocaine has risen by about 50%; for opiates, it has more...

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The Weed Diet? Pot’s Baffling Effects on Weight

The Weed Diet? Pot’s Baffling Effects on Weight

It sounds like a stupid dieting infomercial – eat more and lose weight! – but studies continue to show that marijuana users, despite eating an additional 600 calories per day, are less likely to be obese or suffer from diabetes. Skeptical? You should be. (I mean… come on, munchies and...

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Why are Drugs Illegal, Anyway? Part 1

Why are Drugs Illegal, Anyway? Part 1

The fact that drugs are illegal is so embedded in our collective consciousness that we rarely question why this is so. The answer that comes to mind is that “drugs are bad”—bad for your health, bad for the economy, bad for society, and, consequently, laws should curtail their use. But...

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