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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Kush on Commons: Marijuana Use on Freshman Campus

Kush on Commons: Marijuana Use on Freshman Campus

Note: All drug dealers, users, and participants in the article spoke to VPR under the condition of anonymity. The identity of specific houses, floors, and individuals mentioned in quotes were kept anonymous. The gender of pseudonyms used throughout the article has no bearing on the actual genders and identities of...

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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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