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8 Awful Drug Trends

First Posted: 02/14/11 02:50 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Lately, it seems like some college students will try anything to get a thrill -- from fake weed to toiletries to alcoholic whipped cream.

We decided to take a look at the worst substance abuse trends in recent history and came up with eight that deserve a place in the hall of shame. Vote for the most offensive below, and remember: We always recommend hitting the books, not drugs. Because there's so much more to college than a nutmeg buzz.

Bath Salts
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Don't be fooled by the benign moniker -- according to New York Sen. Charles Schumer, "so-called bath salts contain ingredients that are nothing more than legally sanctioned narcotics." Before you call the senator out for overreacting, consider that the effects of snorting bath salts are similar to those produced by ingesting cocaine and methamphetamines -- and that Florida, Louisiana and North Dakota have already implemented bans on the potential uppers.

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