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Cutting it Short

While drug overdoses can happen at any age, it has been found that in the U.S. those who do overdose live only about half as long as the general population. Here we look at the average life expectancy of fatal drug overdose victims.

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Young and Numb

An alarming number of youth silently face mental health disorders. This project compiles data from 3 government sources to shed light on the issue.

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DUI Arrests Across America (2014)

In 2014, more than 1 million people in the U.S. were arrested for driving under the influence. We mapped the frequency of DUI arrests in every state to visualize law enforcement’s impact in curbing drunk driving incidents.

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Drugs on Reddit

The popular social website, Reddit, hosts thousands of distinct communities whose users contribute their thoughts on a multitude of topics. What can we learn from Reddit about public perception of drugs and alcohol? We evaluated Reddit conversations from 2015 to find out.

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Reverse Photoshopping: Cartoons

Our beloved animated characters look far different than the average teen, but what if our favorite characters looked more like us? We recreated popular cartoon characters using data on the average teenage body to show how popular culture often distorts depictions of the body.

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Juveniles on Drugs: Part 3

In Part 3 of our series on juveniles and drugs, we uncover the number of young people participating in illegal drug and alcohol use and the possible circumstances that may embolden these dangerous behaviors.

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Juveniles on Drugs: Part 2

In Part 2 of our series on juveniles and drugs, we explore student perceptions surrounding drugs and alcohol. The results reveal surprising truths about adolescent behavior.

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Drugs on Campus

Many universities across the U.S. are ramping up efforts to control drug and alcohol use on campus. This report maps substance-related arrests and disciplinary actions across American colleges to see if efforts are making an impact.

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Studying Study Drugs

College students around the country are turning to prescription stimulants or “study drugs” to stay afloat under academic pressure. In this report we break down where, when, and why students are turning to pills for academics and the dangers of this trend.

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Your Grades on Drugs

Is there a correlation between substance use and poor grades among high school students? Our report shows how drugs and alcohol may affect academic success.

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The Age of Overdose

This interactive report allows visitors to explore the devastating toll of drugs within their own state lines and examine staggering overdose statistics across the nation.

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Analyzing Drug-Free Zones Across America

Drug-free zones, originally designed to protect school children from exposure to drugs, often extend far beyond school properties. This interactive report allows visitors to explore the radius of drug-free zones in their own cities.

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Jagged Little Pill

Ingesting ecstasy is a moment of chance—very rarely, users know for sure what the pill, powder, or capsule actually contains. To reveal the composition variance of ecstasy, we analyzed 27,000 ecstasy pill reports from 5 different countries.

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Drugs on Campus

Many colleges are increasing efforts to control drug and alcohol use on campus. This report visualizes substance-related arrests and disciplinary actions across American universities to understand if efforts are making an impact.

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Defining Social Drinking

We surveyed over 1,000 people and analyzed more than 450,000 tweets to understand how social drinking habits vary by state and how these norms may stimulate risky drinking behaviors.

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Drug Talk in Rock

Do rock lyrics influence public perceptions of drugs and alcohol? To kick start conversation surrounding this topic, we analyzed 15,000 rock songs and charted the frequency of drug and alcohol mentions.

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Drug Slang in Hip Hop

Do hip hop lyrics about drugs and alcohol encourage substance use among listeners? To get an understanding of hip hop’s influence, we analyzed 15 years of hip hop songs and charted the frequency of drug and alcohol mentions.

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Parental Drug Perceptions

We surveyed over 2,000 adults about parenting and substance to find out more about their perceptions of teen drug abuse and their knowledge of common drugs and the dangers they pose.

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High School Alcohol Use Trends

This article examines underage drinking the U.S., including which states have the biggest problem, which grades are more prone to binge drinking, and which grades and genders are guilty of drinking and driving.

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Young and Using

We surveyed 2,000 people to learn more about America's perceptions of youth drug use. Are we are aware of which drugs can do the most damage? Do we know what to do if we have children suffering from a drug addiction?

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What Does Your Kid Know About Drugs?

How effective are anti-drug campaigns when it comes to stopping your children from doing drugs? We examined results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to chart youth drug knowledge and the impact of education programs.

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Teens and Depression

This article takes a closer look at depression amongst teens across difference races and ethnicities to get a better understanding of mental illness in schools and homes in the U.S.

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Spring Break Intoxicated

How prevalent are drugs and alcohol during spring break? We sifted through thousands of social media posts with the hashtag #SpringBreak to see how often illicit substances are mentioned.

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Confessions of a Spring Breaker

Ever wanted to learn more about the mind of a Spring Breaker? We interviewed almost 900 former students who traveled on spring break to learn more about their experience, including the amount of alcohol they consumed and their biggest regrets.

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Exploring Drug Talk on TV

Drug use is extremely common on various tv shows and movies alike. This article explores whether this constant exposure and visibility of substance abuse is negatively effecting audiences or whether it's raising awareness of the dangers.

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Insta-Intoxicated Influencers

This article explores how Instagram celebrities influence others in their decision to use marijuana and alcohol. We find that substance abuse is commonly glamorized on social media accounts of celebrities, likely negatively impacting teens.

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Consumption and Crime on Campus

It's common for college to be associated with heavy drinking and partying, which has resulted in some colleges enforcing zero-tolerance policies for alcohol on campus. Here we look at the effect of drug and alcohol policies on campus crime rates.

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