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Hard to resist. But if they're marijuana edibles, not such a treat. James A. Guilliam/Getty Images hide caption

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When Pets Do Pot: A High That's Not So Mighty

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This genetically modified yeast can convert sugar into powerful opioid drugs. Scientists working with the modified yeast strains are required to register them with the Drug Enforcement Administration and keep the yeast under lock and key. Courtesy of Christina Smolke/Stanford University hide caption

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Engineers Make Narcotics With Yeast. Is Home-Brewed Heroin Next?

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Workers for the Safe Streets violence interruption project including Gardnel Carter, center, talk with Baltimore residents in 2010. Kenneth K. Lam/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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Crime Interrupts A Baltimore Doctor's Reform Efforts

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A package of synthetic marijuana, or spike. Steve Featherstone hide caption

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Syracuse, N.Y., Experiences Spike In Synthetic Marijuana Hospitalizations

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A user prepares drugs for injection in 2014 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Heroin Use Surges, Especially Among Women And Whites

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Donetta Held unloads needles and pipes confiscated from a contaminated meth home. She owns an environmental decontamination company and says meth tests are their most demanded service. Barbara Brosher/WFIU hide caption

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Buy A Meth House Unawares And Pay The Health Consequences

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Families harvest poppy bulbs in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. To collect the opium, they score the bulbs and let the milky substance ooze out. The dried residue contains about 10 percent morphine. David Guttenfelder/AP/National Geographic hide caption

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Tom Robichaud launched his business, Discreet Intervention, six months ago. Here, he works his dog in a vacant office building, hitting on a cylinder containing cocainelike drugs. Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Drug-Sniffing Dogs Ease Parents' Minds — Or Confirm Their Fears

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A man walks past a fresh grave in the Kamar Kulagh slum outside of Herat. David P. Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 To 60

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