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While some communities are seeing a reduction in the number of heroin related deaths, others are seeing an increase.

The state of Maryland has a disturbing trend.

According to the Examiner, the number of heroin deaths rose 41% from year to year.

You can read more about the situation in the state by clicking HERE.

We never quite find out where and when viral videos are shot.

One that may have McDonalds executives raising their eyebrows can be seen on worldstarhiphop.com.

The site known for featuring violent attack videos, has a video of a drive through encounter with a McDonalds employee smoking marijuana from inside the store.

The person video recording the episode is laughing up a storm with his counterpart.

You can see the video by clicking HERE.

Marijuana legalization is a topic that has been bantered about back and forth for decades.

But the issue has never been hotter than since Colorado and Washington states’ voters approved marijuana legalization initiatives.

And while the federal government in America has kept silent about the laws, and a possible national relaxation of the marijuana laws, many other political leaders in North, Central, and South America have vocalized support for a change in the laws.

The feeling is not the same in the great white north.

I don’t see Canada going down that road,” Toronto Police Staff-Insp. Randy Franks told QMI Agency recently when asked about the possibility of legalizing marijuana.

“It’s not something I would want our city, or our country, to be known for,” he said.

Franks leads the the drug squad in Toronto, a city where Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charges have more than doubled in the last decade despite all the talk of marijuana legalization.

But new political leadership could one day overrule the current mentality.

An Ipsos survey conducted last summer found 66% of Canadians support decriminalization of marijuana.

As stated here with the looming legalization in the two states. Marijuana needs to be kept out of the hands of children.

Rocker and actor Jon Bon Jovi doesn’t live the on-the-edge rock star lifestyle. The singer doesn’t make tabloid headlines for debauchery and drug use.

You may spend more time reading about how he gives back to the community, with either philanthropic or charitable time and monetary donations.

So imagine the shock for not only the singer but his fans when it was reported that his daughter had a heroin overdose.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Bon Jovi talked about the struggles of being a parent and how these situations can come out of nowhere.

I didn’t have any sisters. We bring home this girl the first day. Now what? Where’s the manual? There was no manual. So you bring her up the best you can, you surround her with hugs and kisses and know that she may eventually fall down. I appreciate the outpouring of kindness in light of what happened in my household. I’m shocked as much as the next parent with this situation and had no idea. But then you surround them with best help and love and move on, and that’s where we’re at with it. Steph is a great kid. Great GPA. Cool school, Hamilton College up in Clinton, N.Y. Everything about it is idyllic. She was doing great. Then a sudden and steep decline. Hopefully, we caught it when we did and that’s the end of it. But who knew? I’ve got three more to come.

The Bon Jovi situation is not isolated to wealthy, children of celebrities. This is a problem many American families are encountering.

Good kids can often make poor choices. And it happens even when responsible parents are active and present in their children’s lives.

Bon Jovi could easily refuse to discuss the events of his daughter’s overdose. But now it appears he has a plan of attack to make sure that his other children do not fall into drug experimentation.

Since voters in Washington and Colorado approved marijuana legalization legislation last month, many people, including world leaders, questioned whether the war on drugs is still effective.

The Atlantic takes a look at the notion today.

It’s interesting when you think of the quality factor. The fact that pot smokers are now much more of connoisseurs of cannabis, and not just grass smokers plays a big role in the war on drugs.

How do you battle the war on drugs in your home? Teensavers helps discover experimentation.

Whether legalized or not, or allowed for medicinal purposes, the number one factor is delivering a message to children that marijuana is harmful for the brains of adolescents.

You can slice the legalization argument 10 ways on why it should be taxed and sold in America, but the bottom line is that kids can never think that it is OK to smoke.

Recent studies showed adults who smoked marijuana with kids, and continued with regularity through adulthood, showed a loss of IQ.

The threat to a developing young brain is monumental.

Too many people spout that marijuana is a harmless drug, and that nobody has ever died from using marijuana.

But teen who smoke can pay the price with their brain development, and marijuana can be a gateway drug for young users.

A new study from the University of Cincinnati is showing a potential connection between young stroke patients, and a history of alcohol, cigarette, and/or drug use.

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University researchers looked at over 1,000 patients. Their results appear in the journal Stroke.

Substance abuse is common in young adults experiencing a stroke,” wrote lead researcher Brett Kissela.

Many people associate strokes as a condition of the elderly but researchers now believe drug abuse or heavy drinking may put users at higher-than-average risk earlier in life.

Not only is the possibility of future strokes when a younger person has a life time of alcohol and/or drug abuse, but researchers believe they are seeing more immediate strokes with certain drug users.

In 2005, the most recent year covered, just over half of young adults who suffered a stroke were smokers at the time, and one in five used illicit drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. Thirteen percent of people had used drugs or alcohol within 24 hours of their stoke.

Officers and deputies know the force of it.

But sometimes, they can not tell how to recognize it.

Ask any officer that has struggled with a suspect under the influence of synthetic drugs, and they will tell you, they had to fight off super-human strength from an often much smaller combatant.

But recognizing these substances in a plastic bag is a lot more difficult.

Police in San Bernardino got a thorough lesson in the differences of synthetic drugs from spice and k2 marijuana-type products, and bath salts, a more PCP like compound.

The Inland Daily Bulletin was there, as experts showed the officers the compounds, packaging, and explained the effects of the drugs.

It’s a good article for parents to read to understand how potentially lethal products, packaged in very child-attracting ways, are being consumed by kids across America.

While synthetics are very popular in some parts of the country, other areas have been slow to see their arrival.

Numerous states have issued bans on the substances, and the federal government also issued emergency blocks on the major chemical compounds, but the truth is that amateur scientists are creating these substances daily.

Myteensavers reminds parents to talk to your kids about drugs. While there are lunch fruit snacks called Scooby Snacks that are a legitimate product, there is a synthetic compound marketed as Scooby Snax.

The packaging is typically labeled “not for human consumption” but that’s not only a disclaimer for the manufacturers, but it’s a red flag for people wanting to get high from these compounds.

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Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon is calling for an end to the drug war.

But President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto has a different view. But a critical piece of the drug debate south of the border is now the legalization of marijuana in two states here.

Nieto sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to discuss the dilemma of being against the legalization of drugs, but seeing the potential economic windfall of controlling illicit substances.

What does it mean to Americans? Since most of the drugs imported into America funnel through Mexico, it’s quite a big deal.

But would legalizing drugs there end cartel activity? Would legalizing drugs here stop the flow of drugs in from Mexico, if we had legalized marijuana growth?

Millions of Americans are obsessed with marijuana, pot, weed, chronic, herb,  420.

Whatever you want to call it, millions of teens are also obsessed with it. They can’t wait to get home from school to smoke it, if they haven’t smoked it during school.

As the nation waits to see the ramifications of the new measures in Washington and Colorado that legalized marijuana, people ponder if the floodgates will open in other states.

If those two states see a boost in the budget, you can bet cash-strapped states will follow suit.

Why should we care if it is legalized if we don’t smoke? It could be because kids will have more access to it.

Kids can easily get their hands on alcohol. All it takes is an older sibling or friend. Kids attend parties already where massive liquor supplies exist.

Why would it be any different with weed?

Studies conflict whether marijuana is the gateway drug, alcohol is a gateway drug, both are, or neither are.

But one has been shown concretely is that marijuana use can damage a teen’s brain, when use is started at an early age, and continued through adulthood.

It may one day be the right thing for adults to try and use responsibly, but legal or not, marijuana is not a drug that should be abused as often as it is by children.

If you watch the show Rehab with Dr. Drew, you may have just watched the season finale.   If you haven’t, I recommend you buy it on itunes.

And while there were ups and downs and the constant turmoil associated with addiction, the best part of the show was the end.

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Dr. Drew revealed that 6 months after the taping, every single one of the patients were still clean and sober.

While some may criticize this type of show of glamorizing drug use and exploiting sick people, we feel that the show really shows the scope of addiction.

People are able to get a better understanding of the disease.

Many of these people were extremely sick when they entered the Pasadena Recovery Center.

But through time they made their way through the illness to learn what keeps them sober.

The work of the professionals on the show is exceptional. Bob Forrest really works with Dr. Drew as a 1-2 punch to get control of people and their disease.

If you’ve never seen the show, or you dismissed it because you thought it was just the latest group of celebrity misfits, I suggest you watch this most reason season with regular people.

They represent the face of the young American drug culture.

His story is very similar to others who have died from drug abuse.

But unlike the others who are buried in cemeteries all over America, Jeff  Thompson is alive to tell his story.

And he wants kids to listen.

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He spoke to the Las Vegas Sun about his ignorance regarding the strength of drugs, the place where drugs eventually took his close drug-using friends, and the best advice he can live from now that he’s sober.

He started using marijuana at 12, evolved to pills at 14, and moved on to heroin by 16.

He told the Sun’s Jackie Valley, “Unfortunately, most of my friends passed away or are in jail,” he said. “There’s not really an in-between.”

Kids that get high should read Jeff Thompson’s story. He said he had no idea how addictive pills were.

And explains, something we’ve illustrated many times, that a balloon of heroin becomes much cheaper than the pills.