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Drug Use in American Culture

Hey guys, here’s an essay I wrote for my English class. It had to relate back to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in some fashion. Tell me what you think!
The Dialectic Of Drug Use In American Culture
Hundreds of little pills, each uniform and purple, rattle down the assembly line. The conveyor belt is like&#133 Read the rest

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“Labeling can be problematic.” No Kidding.

It’s a study!

Black youth are arrested for drug crimes at a rate ten times higher than that of whites. But new research shows that young African Americans are actually less likely to use drugs and less likely to develop substance use disorders, compared to whites, Native Americans, Hispanics and people of mixed race.

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Conclusion: Acting Classes Should Be Required in Medical School

Conclusion: Acting Classes Should Be Required in Medical School

Wasn’t surprised to read that placebos work sometimes, even if you tell people they’re placebos, but the first phrase that caught my interest was this one: “…placebos don’t just have fewer side effects than standard pharmaceuticals, they presumably cost less, too.” Presumably?
Brings up questions. Who has the motivation to fund studies like that, what do they want&#133 Read the rest

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Reader Question: My boyfriend was diagnosed schizotypal. What is that, really?

Whatever you may think the official definition is, psychiatrists tend to use the term in only one of two ways: either incorrectly, as “almost schizophrenic, but still can hold a job and doesn’t hallucinate;” or as a pejorative label describing one who believes in all sorts of fantastical things– aliens, esp, conspiracies, 911 was done by Bush, etc– but&#133 Read the rest

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If you count psychological trauma, all war vets are casualties.

The Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Effexor, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Haldol, Risperdal, Seroquel, Ambien, Lunesta, Elavil, Trazodone War. “Walk into any of the larger-battalion-aide stations in Iraq or Afghanistan today, and you’ll find Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft to fight depression, as well as Wellbutrin, Celexa, and Effexor. You’ll see Valium to relax muscles (but&#133 Read the rest

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Marijuana Linked to Psychosis. Also, Water Linked to Wet.

But aren’t psychotic-like experiences precisely what chronic pot smokers and recreational drug users are looking for in the first place? So doesn’t a study like this self-select for teens whose brains want to enter an altered state?
According to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, young adults who used marijuana as teens were more likely&#133 Read the rest

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