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A marijuana trafficker practicing his aim in the Guajira, epicenter of Colombia’s first drug boom, in 1979. Romano Cagnoni/Getty Images

Marijuana fueled Colombian drug trade before cocaine was king

Step aside, Pablo Escobar. New research shows it was poor farmers who helped turn Colombia into the world's largest drug producer when they started growing and exporting pot in the 1970s.
New research into pill testing at festivals shows not everyone reacts to a test result the way you’d expect. from www.shutterstock.com

Can a $12 pill test for ecstasy save lives? Well, it’s complicated

New research shows some festival goers are willing to take a dodgy pill regardless of the test result. So, let's use pill testing to educate them and others about reducing their risk.
If most of your peer group is experimenting with substances, you will almost certainly be offered them. Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation

How hard is it to say ‘no’ to drugs?

While the majority of teenagers don't take illicit drugs, there's still a chance you might be offered them. Here's how to say no, according to an expert.
“Just say no” messages are ignored because young people want to have fun. Marvin Meyer

In debates about drug use, fun is important

People who use party drugs say it gives them energy to dance and socialise, reduces their inhibitions and enhances their feelings of connection to others.

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