Tony O'Neill

Meet the Hip, Young Talking Head Trying to Stop Legal Pot

“Alcohol [is] legal because of its cultural significance. However, I think if you surveyed every public health researcher and asked if they could go back in time and prevent alcohol from being normalized 10 centuries ago… you might be surprised at how many would want to do that.”

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10 Instructive Celebrity Drug Stories of 2014

The war on drugs seems to be reaching its endgame, thanks to shifting public opinion, rapidly changing laws and a political class finally tiring of throwing good money after bad. But prohibition, criminalization and stigmatization were still common and unnecessary ways to ruin lives in 2014—adding greatly to those harms that can be directly attributed to drugs or addiction. The rich and famous provide some cases in point, so Substance.com casts a jaundiced eye over this year’s most shocking, silly or plain sad celebrity drug stories.

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10 of the Most Lied About Drugs

The market for legal—or until recently legal—highs is booming. A recent report by the EU’s drug agency, for example, shows that it is currently monitoring a staggering 280 of them. What exactly are these myriad substances? Thanks in part to the media’s habit of lumping them together into one scary whole—with regular outbreaks of frenzy, such as with Bath Salts last year—they often remain shrouded in mystery and rumor.

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11 Frightfully Delicious Marijuana Strains to Go With Your Favorite Halloween Movies

Halloween is upon us again, and thanks to the seemingly unstoppable momentum of the marijuana legalization movement, more Americans than ever will be celebrating this holiday as our founding fathers doubtless intended: legally stoned.

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Ever Bought Catnip Thinking It Was Marijuana? 10 of the Most Common Drug Scams

For the drug user in need, there is perhaps no worse feeling than opening a bindle/ wrap/ baggie/ balloon only to discover that it contains no drugs. Your stomach sinks as you realize that you have been victimized by the lowest man on the drug totem pole: the scammer.

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The 10 Best (and Worst) Drug Scenes in Movie History

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How 'Shrooms Work: 10 Trippiest Experiences

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The NY Times’ Hypocritical Employee Drug Tests, Like Marijuana Prohibition, Need to End

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'My First Time on LSD': 10 Trippy Tales

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'My First Time on Ecstasy:' 10 True MDMA Stories

Ecstasy could be considered the last important street drug to be popularized. MDMA—first engineered way back in 1912 by the German chemist Anton Kollisch under the auspices of Merck pharmaceuticals—sits alongside LSD, heroin and cocaine in the pantheon of psychoactive substances that not only got an entire generation high but left an indelible stamp upon the wider culture. Ecstasy has had its own iconography, music, tabloid scares and legal crackdowns. When the “Second Summer of Love” exploded in the UK in 1988 (preceding the height of the drug’s popularity stateside), the middle ground seemingly vanished. Some became evangelists for this “wonder drug.” Others were apoplectic, demanding harsh action to protect “the kids” from this “killer pill.”

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