Discover Project

Hip hop Drug Mentions

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 y...

Alcohol Map

Alcohol is the oldest drug around. It is also the most widely used, and almost 50 percent of people aged 12 and over have consumed alcohol in the U...

High School Drug Use Across America

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 24.6 million people in the U.S. used illicit substances in the past month. Ad...

Lower Grades, Higher Risk?

They’re archetypes of adolescence, familiar from film and TV. The straight-A student unwilling to compromise her able mind with drugs. The athlete ...

Parenting While Intoxicated

  Here’s a sobering reality: American adults are drinking more alcohol than ever. Nearly three-quarters of American adults drink alcohol...

Marijuana Eradication by States

  The number of Americans supporting the legalization of marijuana in the United States has drastically increased over the last 40 years. In 2...

Drug Talk In Rock
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Taking A Whack At Porn Addiction
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Drugs on Campus

On the subject of college students’ drinking and drug use, the opinions of the American public remain complicated – and conflicting. Is partying an...

America’s Youth and Drug Use

In our nation’s ongoing war on drugs, public concern about youth substance use has long been a driving force. The infamous plot of “Reefer Madness”...

#SpringBreak Intoxicated, Part 2

On campuses across the country, thousands of college kids eagerly await spring break each year. After all, decades of MTV have enshrined partying i...

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Marijuana and Parenting

Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have passed some form of legislation legalizing the use of marijuana. Of those, seven states and Washingto...

How Do You Say It: Drugs

If you heard someone talking about “flake,” “boy,” “Lucy,” or “grass,” would you know whether they were referencing legal or illicit substances? To...

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Sexual Assaults on Campus

On U.S. college campuses, the risk of sexual assault is alarmingly high – and college students seem to be particularly at risk because of the wides...

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Consumption and Crime on Campus

College campuses may seem inseparable from the culture of partying and drinking; however, in recent years, some universities have attempted to seve...

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Confessions of a Spring Breaker

  This time of year, hundreds of thousands of college students flock to the sunny beaches and coastal paradises for what has turned into a rig...

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Insta-Intoxicated Influencers

Of today’s most popular social media platforms, Instagram is growing the fastest. In December 2016, Instagram reached its 600-millionth user, growi...

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#SpringBreak Intoxicated, Part 1

Would it surprise you to learn the idea of spending spring break in sunny South Florida started in the 1930s? A college swim coach was looking for ...

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Depression Among Youth

Mental health disorders are the most common diseases that occur during childhood. Over 17 million children in the U.S. suffer from a psychiatric di...

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Social Substance Pressures

Picture that time in high school or college when a friend convinced you to do something you were initially opposed to. Perhaps it involved asking s...

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What Does Your Kid Know About Drugs?

In 1982, a young girl asked Nancy Reagan what she should say if someone tried to offer her drugs. The First Lady’s response was simple and direct. ...

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College Consumption Habits

It’s estimated that 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related injuries each year.  That’s a startling number, y...

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Parental Drug Perceptions

As a parent, you put a great deal of effort into guiding your children through adolescence. You share knowledge and establish rules with the hope t...

Young and Using: America’s Perceptions of Youth Drug Use

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people died from drug overdoses than in any year on record in 2014. Additio...

High School Alcohol Use Trends

It’s no secret that underage drinking persists in America. Because underage consumption remains commonplace, the fatal effects of alcohol are still...

Underage Drinking

For many people, taking their first sip of an alcoholic beverage is considered a memorable rite of passage – however, it isn’t always a legal one. ...

High School Drug Use Trends

In 2014, 44.1 million Americans reported using illicit drugs over the past year. One tragic result of the widespread use of drugs and alcohol is it...

Cutting it Short: The Average Life Expectancy of Fatal Overdose Victims

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson – by now, you’ve probably realized what these celebrities all have in common...

Juveniles on Drugs, Part 3

In parts one and two of Juveniles on Drugs, we used data from Monitoring the Future and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to find out how ...

Juveniles on Drugs, Part 2

In the first part of Juveniles on Drugs, we used data from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey and SAMHSA’s National Survey o...

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Young and Numb: What the Latest Data Reveal About Teen Mental Health

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine reports that  1 in 5 adolescents in the United States su...

Juveniles on Drugs – Part 1

In 1981, the Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health noted that “Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.” The messag...

Reverse Photoshopping: Cartoons

Since the release of the first American animated film in 1906, cartoons have captured the imaginations of children, teens, and adults alike. Betwee...

Drugs on Reddit

Since the launch of Reddit.com in 2005, the social news–sharing website that calls itself “the front page of the internet,” has grown to become a p...

DUI Arrests Across America

In 2014, more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). It’s a staggering number, yet it pales in co...

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College Athletes and Substance Use: A Look at Drug Use by Gender and Sport

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook College-level sporting events have become a mass cultural phenomenon in the United States, and the dramatic comp...

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Drugs on Campus 2015

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook All colleges that receive federal funding are legally obligated by the Jeanne Clery Act to provide reports about...

The Danger of Club Drugs

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook When individuals consume an illicit drug – regardless of the presumed dose, purity levels and, even after having...

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Studying Study Drugs

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook As expectations escalate, more and more college students are seeking ways to stay afloat under increasing academ...

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Analyzing Drug-Free Zones Across America

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The enforcement of drug-free school zone laws has been a key strategy in the United States’ war on drugs for dec...

Your Grades On Drugs

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook For many students, high school represents some of the most exciting and challenging years of their young lives. ...

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The Age of Overdose

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Substance abuse in the U.S. remains an urgent issue in every population – its fatalities transcending demographi...

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The Effects of Performance-Enhancing Drugs on Your Body

Our innate competitive drive  – at play on levels both biological and societal – can reach cutthroat levels in the world of sports. Athletes often ...

Synthetic Drug Exposures in America

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook What you don’t know will hurt you. That’s the moral of the story when it comes to Spice, bath salts, and the hos...

Report: Revealing Data on the Contents of Ecstasy Pills

Report: Revealing Data on the Contents of Ecstasy Pills The choice above isn’t an imaginary one. In January 2015, four people in the UK died after ...

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A Decade of Drug Use by High School Students

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asks more than 13,000 high school students...

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Drugs on Campus 2014: Addiction and Substance Abuse at Colleges

In 2013, there were almost 40,000 arrests and 165,000 disciplinary actions for drug- and alcohol-related offenses on American college campuses. In ...

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Defining Social Drinking

The social drinking landscape of America is diverse, with particular regions drawn to certain types of alcohol. To find out more about drinking hab...

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Arrests Across America (DUI)

  Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Current Drug Landscape In the next two minutes, there will be a drunk driving injury somewhere in the...

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Drug Arrests Across America

The Current Drug Landscape An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or over used an illicit drug in 2013. That’s 9.4% of the population.1 The nu...

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Drug mentions in movies

Movies are often under fire for glamorizing and desensitizing us to sex and violence. One criticism we don’t hear quite as often is movies un...