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MDVP, the active ingredient in bath salts, increases the number of adrenaline-like hormones in the body. These hormones prepare the heart, muscles and brain to “fight or flight.”

MDVP does this by preventing the brain’s neurons from reabsorbing dopamine and norepinephrine after they are secreted.

This leads to the high concentrations of neurochemicals which results in the “fight or flight” reaction.”


Those of us who have been through a few media cycles of hysteria over the “latest drug menace” are always skeptical when the mainstream whips itself up into a fine frenzy over the newest chemical bug-a-boo threatening the citizenry. 
But even a stuck clock is right twice a day, and it appears that there’s some substance behind the negative publicity surrounding “bath salts,” which in no small part due to sensationalist press coverage, have become the latest quasi-legal drug craze to sweep the nation.

Although bath salts are sold through a loophole as a harmless substance used for relaxation, people are ingesting them seeking euphoria. In addition to experiencing altered moods, some bath salts users are having psychotic episodes marked with agitation, hallucinations and violent behavior.

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​It goes without saying that certain “cultural perceptions” about cannabis are wrong. To correct these marijuana myths to a crowd of potheads would be a classic case of singing to (an albeit higher) choir. I’m gonna do it anyway.
As editor of Toke of the Town and marijuana/dispensary reviewer for the Seattle Weekly, I live and breathe marijuana (see what I did there?) every day, and have a great chance to fully inform myself and others.
But when speaking to members of the general public, I’m often struck (and stop that! It hurts) by the wide prevalence of beliefs about marijuana that have been scientifically disproven for years or decades.

The United States leads the world in the number of people taking addictive prescription drugs. The financial cost to the nation from prescription drug abuse and dependence is in the billions.
The infographic above gives you a brief look at the seriousness of this epidemic. Indeed, according to federal government reports, an estimated 20 percent of U.S. citizens have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.

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Arlington Councilman Mel LeBlanc: “I wasn’t a daily user”

​Arlington, Texas City Councilman Mel LeBlanc (not to be confused with Bugs Bunny — that’s Mel Blanc) told police last year that he got drugs, including methamphetamine and marijuana, through prostitutes he hired using online escort services.

LeBlanc, who publicly confessed his “addictions to drugs and alcohol,” declined to comment Tuesday about details in a recently released Arlington Police Department report that outlined his domestic troubles, where he got his dope and his reported relationship with the owner of Flashdancer Cabaret, a strip joint that has, over the years, been targeted by the city as a center for drug sales, prostitution, and “other criminal activity,” reports Susan Schrock at the Arlington Star-Telegram.
The 61-year-old councilman was investigated last year after the cops, responding to a domestic disturbance call, found and seized about a gram of meth and a glass pipe from his home in north Arlington. A group of good old boys, I mean a Tarrant County grand jury, decided not to return an indictment.
“I’m not going to comment any more on this whole issue,” commented LeBlanc. “I’ve already done a radio interview, a television interview, and two newspaper interviews and was completely honest with all questions asked,” said LeBlanc, who seems to have confused “honesty” with “a license to bang whores and snort meth.”

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Rapper in a wrapper: Pac’s friends claim they rolled his ashes into a blunt and smoked him.

​Members of The Young Outlawz rolled up Tupac Shakur’s ashes into a blunt and smoked them after the rap legend was murdered in 1996, the reunited group claims.

In what has certainly proven to be a big source of publicity for group’s reunion, The Young Outlawz claimed they based their actions on Pac’s wishes as expressed in the lyrics of one of his songs, reports Peter C. Aitken of the New York Daily News.
Members of the reunited group, originally formed by Tupac after his release from prison in 1995, addressed the long-standing rumors in a new video for VladTV.
“Yeah, it’s definitely true,” said Young Noble, reports the Daily News. “I think it was the night of, we had a little memorial for him, with his mom, his family and shit. We hit the beach, do a lot of the shit he liked on the beach. Some weed, some chicken wings, he loved orange soda and all that kind of shit. Pac loved that shit, so we were giving him our own farewell that night.
“I forgot which one of us came up with it, like we need to go and do that, but we twisted up some of that Great Grandaddy California Kush and mixed the big homie with it,” Young Noble said.
Another member of The Young Outlawz, E.D.I., took credit for the macabre idea.
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Is medical marijuana a menace to society or natural source of relief?

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If the dude’s long-haired, got a headband on, wearing a tie-dye, shooting a peace sign, and barefooted, he’s probably a damn pothead. Useful info! LOL.

It’s the only way to be sure. Here, my friends, are the tell-tale signs of “marijuana addiction.”
No, man, this isn’t from The Onion. These folks are serious!
Rehab programs nationwide are trying, you gotta give ’em that. And being businesses, they’re always working on new angles to attract new, well, business.