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November 2016 Archives

Smoking pot to relieve stress? College students may be exchanging one stressor for another.

Although the holiday season is here, North Carolina's college students can be forgiven for acting like Dr. Seuss's Grinch. A glance at any academic calendar quickly reveals their reason for a dour demeanor: first semester finals. Anyone familiar with the grind of finals week remembers the intense cramming sessions, exhaustion associated with pulling all-nighters and last-minute panic attacks that hit at the very worst time. It's no surprise, then, that students may attempt to erase the stress at the end of final examinations with drug or booze-fuelled revelry.

Prescription drug addictions can lead to arrests, prison time

It's a two and a half hour drive west of Raleigh to Stanly County, North Carolina. The county near Charlotte is home to a retired pharmacist who has been giving advice to state senator Tom McInnis on how to address the opioid addiction problem plaguing North Carolina.