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A look at the growing use of synthetic drugs

In recent years, hundreds of new synthetic recreational drugs have emerged – drugs that neither the general public nor the scientific community know very much about. Many of these new synthetic drugs – ...

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Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

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