The 411: The latest drug: Why do we want it? | March 21, 2008 | Danville Express | |

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Living - March 21, 2008

The 411: The latest drug: Why do we want it?

by Katharine O'Hara

An up and coming drug has parents, teachers and lawmakers worried. Salvia divinorum, the strongest hallucinogen found in nature that was historically used by the Mazatec Indians for its healing powers, has become increasingly popular among youth for its availability, legality and inexpensive cost (an effective amount of salvia can be purchased for as little as $15). Usually smoked out of a bong, chewed, or brewed in a tea, the drug has made recent headlines, as lawmakers fear it "could become the next marijuana."

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