The Orion

Coachella is not worth it

Photo credit: Grant Garnsey

Sam Rios

April 6, 2016

Coachella kicks off April 15 in Indio, California, and the stress of not being able to attend this music-powered, euphoric drug-fest starts to set in. It may seem as though not going to Coachella is the end of all experience, but Coachella isn’t really that great anyways. Here’s how it goes. Fi...

Man sells drugs in City Plaza

Illustration by Miles Huffman Photo credit: Miles Huffman

Carly Plemons

November 14, 2015

University Police DepartmentCall Type: Vandalism, 8:45 a.m., West Sacramento Avenue"Window was smashed, nothing missing from vehicle."Call Type: Suspicious Subject, 6:51 p.m., Konkow Hall"Subject was found hanging around inside the laundry room with bottle of beer."Chico Police DepartmentCall Type...

The Xanax epidemic

Illustration by Trevor Moore Photo credit: Trevor Moore

Nick Bragg

October 5, 2015

Within my time in college, I have noticed a dangerous, addictive habit— prevalent on all campuses— that is turning students into incoherent zombies.Xanax, the drug responsible for countless blackouts, multiple regrets and even student death can be bought from your friendly neighborhood drug dealer. ...

Mary Jane guards the gate to more drug experimentation

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Miles Inserra

April 20, 2015

Marijuana is indeed the ultimate gateway drug.Readily available, cheap and less intense than other drugs, marijuana popularly exposes abstinent bodies to a state of being high for the first time. The gateway drug theory simply states that the use of less harmful drugs often leads to the future use of more...

Skate wheels can’t roll in Chico

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Miles Inserra

March 24, 2015

Skateboarding has always had a controversial culture, but it is still a form of expression that Chico is suppressing. Chico’s skate park is littered with drug addicts, campus is a no-skateboarding zone and the city has placed skate stoppers on every piece of architecture downtown. Sidewalks are f...

Recovery group volunteers clean up homeless camps

Volunteers with the Christbridge Ministry clean up refuse on Feb. 18 at the Lindo Channel homeless encampment behind S&S Organic Produce on Mangrove Avenue. Photo courtesy of Jim Secola.

Michael Mcclurg

March 18, 2015

The homeless problem in Chico regularly leads to encampments where refuse such as old bottles and used syringes not only clutter the landscape but also pose safety concerns. But one group is working to help. Christbridge Ministry, a local Christian organization that runs a recovery program...

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Kevin Crittenden

Kevin Crittenden

April 8, 2014

Psychedelics are on the way into the arsenal of pills psychiatrists use to quell restless minds.MDMA and LSD are being used in research studies to determine their effectiveness in relieving mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic anxiety. It’s about time. This is a ste...

‘Bath salts’ sold as MDMA in Chico

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Tj Carter

March 31, 2014

M1 is the street name for a research chemical that is being passed off as MDMA, a methamphetamine also known as “Molly,” and Chico users of the drug may not know the difference. Methylone, M1's scientific name, first hit the streets around 2004 in the form of bath salts, as reported by E...

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