The Cyberbullying trend ticks upward.

Introduction Kids have been bullying each other for many generations.  With kids now conducting much of their social activities online, it only makes sense that bullying would carry over into their new communication medium.  When bullying is conducted online, we call it cyber bullying (or cyberbullying).  Cyberbullying can take many shapes and forms but the…

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The Vodka Eyeballing craze of 2010.

Vodka eyeballing

Introduction to Vodka Eyeballing Alcohol is drank, enters the bloodstream through the stomach, and spreads throughout the body. Or so we thought. A new craze emerged in 2010, vodka eyeballing, which required pouring the shot directly into your eye. Containing 40% alcohol, the scar that results permanently damages the eyeball and may lead to blindness.…

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The Pharm Parties (aka Cocktail Parties) trend of the early 2000’s.

Multicolored drugs and pills

Introduction to Pharm Parties Pharming parties (also called pharm parties) is a get-together where prescription drugs are exchanged and randomly ingested, in order to become intoxicated. The earliest mention of such parties appears to have been in the March 8, 2002, issue of the newspaper Public Opinion (Chambersburg, PA), which said this was occurring “in…

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The Chatroulette craze of 2009

Chatroulette funny conversation screenshot

Launched in November of 2009, Chatroulette.com blasted into the social networking scene offering a unique combination of social networking with YouTube like video capabilities.

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The K2 (Synthetic Cannabis) craze of the early 2000’s.

Introduction Synthetic cannabis is an herbal and chemical product which mimics the effects of cannabis. It is best known by the brand names K2 and Spice. When synthetic cannabis products first went on sale it was thought that they achieved an effect through a mixture of legal herbs. Laboratory analysis in 2008 showed this was…

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The Methamphetamines or Crystal Meth craze that plagued the 1990’s

Introduction Methamphetamines, or crystal meth, creates paranoia and hallucinations and can lead to toxic psychosis. It is a psychoactive stimulant that can increase alertness, concentration, energy. It can induce euphoria and enhance self esteem. Given its activation of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, meth has a high potential for abuse and addiction – some…

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