Date: January 18, 2007
Subject: DrugSense's Top Ten Stories of 2006
With the optimism of a new year now upon us, DrugSense would like to begin 2007 with a quick look back at the most popular stories of 2006. Last year, DrugSense's Media Awareness Project (www.mapinc.org) logged another 17,299 drug-related news stories into its DrugNews Archive, bringing the total for this incredible resource to 175,760.
The following list of top 10 articles is not a judgment on the most important stories of 2006, but rather a more democratic examination of what mattered to mapinc.org users based on simple popularity.
As could be expected from the most used illicit substance in the world, cannabis-related stories dominated drug news in 2006, taking 7 of the 10 spots on the list. Few would argue that Dr. Donald Tashkin's study, which found that cannabis use did not lead to lung, head or neck cancer (which came in a at #5), was not groundbreaking. It was also good to see Loretta Nall's bid for Governor of Alabama get some attention in the #4 spot.
Taking the number #1 spot this year with just over 10,000 hits was a story about a pretty undercover officer's high school drug sting in Falmouth, MA. The sting and resulting busts caused quite a stir with both parents and students, who questioned the need for such extreme and ethically questionable police tactics.
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And now without any further ado, the DrugSense/MAP "Most Popular Stories of 2006" top-10 list:
1. US MA: Officer Posing As High Schooler Leads Drug Sting
2. US: U.S. Plans to Screen All Who Enter, Leave Country
3. US CA: Hemp To Turn King Cotton?
4. US MS: Nall Looks to Ride Colorful Campaign
5. US: Pot's Low Cancer Risk a Surprise Finding
6. US FL: Hemp: A Growing Need?
7. Netherlands: Dutch Take Sober Look at Pot Laws
8. US: Marijuana Aids Therapy
9. US: Edu: Study Finds Another Use For Marijuana
10. US: Studies Link Psychosis, Teenage Marijuana Use
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