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  • Breaking the Kennedy code of silence: Patrick goes on national TV to expose his family's secrets ...

    10/04/2015 11:45:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 4, 2015 | Wills Robinson and Hannah Parry
    Complete Headline: Breaking the Kennedy code of silence: Patrick goes on national TV to expose his family's secrets as he launches book describing how 'disabling alcoholism' killed his father Ted, his mom and his sister Patrick Kennedy has broken the political dynasty's 'code of silence' by describing how he turned to drink at 13 to deal with the multitude of his family's problems. The former Congressman told CBS' 60 Minutes how his alcoholic mother Joan would walk around in a bathrobe 'inebriated' during the day while his father, Senator Ted Kennedy, would self-medicate by drinking. The 48-year-old politician said the...
  • Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer:

    09/27/2015 12:08:58 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (dot com) ^ | 14 September 2015 | Peter Gřtzsche
    Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? Updated: 04:22 EST, 15 September 2015 Soaring drug use, a growing number of addicts, far too few clinics to treat them and a rising death toll. This might sound like a scene from an impoverished country run by drug cartels - but it is, in fact, the day-to-day reality for NHS patients who are prescribed psychiatric drugs to treat anxiety, insomnia and depression. More than 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in the UK every year. Not only are these...
  • Watching Porn Is OK. Believing In Porn Addiction Is Not

    09/18/2015 7:19:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 17, 2015 | Samantha Allen
    Porn addictions are like non-celiac gluten sensitivities: lots of people claim to have them but they may not be real. Porn addiction is not currently a diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders, as The Daily Beast has reported multiple times. But that hasn’t stopped therapists and rehab centers from using the concept with clients like Josh Duggar who have claimed to suffer from it. And if people genuinely feel addicted to porn, what’s the harm in humoring them? As it turns out, there could be actual psychological harm associated with buying into the concept of porn addiction.
  • 'Star Trek: Voyager' actress Jennifer Lien charged with indecent exposure

    09/15/2015 6:55:22 PM PDT · by windcliff · 94 replies ^ | 9-15-15 | Henry Hanks
    (CNN)—An actress best known for "Star Trek: Voyager" was arrested on September 3. Jennifer Lien, who played Kes in the first few seasons of the "Star Trek" spinoff series, has been charged with indecent exposure. According to CNN affiliate WATE, Lien was arrested in her home in Harriman, Tennessee. Neighbor Carey Smith told WATE that Lien came by her home to comment on how Smith's children were being raised and started using vulgar language. "All of a sudden, here come the shirt up," said Smith. "She started flashing and, 'Woo hoo,' and I said, 'And what respect is that for...
  • Naltrexone -- A Drug That Can Cure Alcoholism Instantly

    09/11/2015 1:25:51 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 107 replies
    vanity | 9/11/2015
    For many people, the drug Naltrexone is an instant cure for alcohol cravings. It is available cheap as a 1-pill-per-day generic drug or as an expensive 1-injection-per-month specialty drug. If you or someone you know is an alcoholic, check it out. It is an opioid receptor antagonist. Its effectiveness depends on whether you have a specific expression of an opioid receptor gene. For some people, it works instantly and there is zero craving. For other people, it is less effective or does not work at all. It appears to work for most American Indians, Asians (60-70%), some whites (30%), and...
  • CNN Appearances Show Bob Beckel Ready to Work Again; Here’s His Best Option

    08/30/2015 10:37:07 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    mediaite ^ | Aug. 30, 2015 | Joe Concha
    Bob Beckel is a rare breed in the cable news business for one reason: He somehow pulls off the combination of being a genuine, likable curmudgeon. And in doing so, he carved out a nice existence at Fox News, sparring effectively (without filter) with his political adversaries on The Five and doing weekly spots on The O’Reilly Factor. But then–without notice or comment–the 66-year-old was gone. Not for a few days or weeks, but for four months. First back surgery was reportedly the reason, but eventually it was revealed that Beckel–who has suffered from drug and alcohol addiction in the...
  • Josh Duggar enters rehab, family says

    08/26/2015 6:28:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies ^ | August 26, 2015 | Todd Leopold, CNN
    (CNN)Josh Duggar, the eldest of the Duggar children, is going into rehab, the family said in a statement Wednesday. "Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center," the family said in a posting on "For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change. "In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future," the statement continued.
  • Josh Duggar enters faith-based rehab to be treated for sex addiction

    08/26/2015 6:18:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 26, 2015 | LIZZIE SMITH
    Josh Duggar has entered a 'faith-based rehab' to be treated for sex addiction in the wake of further revelations about his sordid private life. The decision comes after the family values lobbyist confessed to having a porn addiction and being unfaithful to his wife after being outed as a user of the Ashley Madison affairs website. It was revealed earlier this year that Duggar was previously treated at a faith-based rehab center as a teenager after admitting molesting five of his underage sisters. In a statement the reality star parents Jim Bob and Michelle wrote that their oldest son would...
  • Porn: America’s Silent Killer

    08/19/2015 4:26:58 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 50 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 8/18/2015 | Joel Hesch
    Although it’s the least discussed media topic, porn is systematically infiltrating and killing America (and statistically your family too!). Few realize just how large a role porn or other forms of sex addiction plays in the breakdown of families. In this digital age, porn isn’t just instantly accessible, it’s the silent killer of families. Porn addiction leaves countless men and women desperate and unaware of where to turn for help. This silent enemy leaves families broken in a wake of despair and destruction after the fall of fathers and husbands. The results are a lineage of addiction and infidelity passed...
  • Female viagra 'to get the green light'... but drug is still plagued with safety risks

    08/17/2015 2:59:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/16/15 | Louise Eccles
    A drug dubbed the ‘female Viagra’ is set to be approved by a US watchdog this week – paving the way for its arrival in the UK. Industry experts claim flibanserin could be given the green light within days, making it the first officially sanctioned drug for low female sex drive on the market. Unlike its male equivalent, the drug combats a flagging libido not by targeting the genitals but the pleasure centre of a woman’s brain, with women who took the pill every day in trials having sex more frequently and enjoying it more.
  • A Simple Fix for Drunken Driving

    08/15/2015 9:33:07 AM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 65 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 14, 2015 | KEITH HUMPHREYS
    A decade ago, as attorney general of South Dakota, Larry Long saw the need for a more direct approach and launched a program called “24/7 Sobriety.” I first encountered 24/7 Sobriety five years ago, and it confounded much of what I had learned in my years as an addiction-treatment professional. On a clear South Dakota morning, I found myself in a Sioux Falls police station, waiting for more than a hundred repeat offenders to appear for court-mandated appointments. They had to blow into a breathalyzer to prove that they had not been drinking. I expected that many wouldn’t show up;...

    08/09/2015 3:16:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Popular Science ^ | August 7, 2015 | Claire Maldarelli
    The major hurdle in treating addiction is enabling a person to not return to the abused drug or substance. This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive friends and families, many addicts of psychostimulant drugs--methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA--relapse soon after therapy ends, often because the memory of the drug’s effect is too strong for that person to resist. But researchers are the University of Florida have come up with a way to in essence, “erase” the memory of the drug’s effect from the brain and thus help...
  • Sex Addict 'My Brain Made Me Do It' - CIRCULAR REASONING

    07/24/2015 5:03:35 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Freep | 7/24/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     Attorney: New Jersey High School Teacher Accused of Sex With 6 Students Left Defenseless by Brain Condition  Benedict Groeschel was a NJ priest who counseled numerous priests and bishops who got in trouble, he told the story of a bishop who fell due to sexual sin, sincerely repented and spent the rest of his life humbly doing good. Fr. Groeschel talked about the fact that many people in criminally-insane lockup suffered horrific childhood abuse, all of them probably underwent alteration of brain structure, but some of them might have had pre-existing brain defects.Mass murderer Ted Bundy may have been one of...
  • $357,750: NIH Funds Research for App to Promote Exercise for Marijuana Users

    06/30/2015 1:05:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 30, 2015 | 12:30 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Could an app motivate marijuana users to exercise? The National Institutes of Health is giving $357,750 in taxpayer dollars through its National Institute on Drug Abuse to State University of New York at Buffalo to find out. “Currently, marijuana (MJ) is the most popular illicit drug, but there are few effective interventions to help young adults (age 18 to 25 years) to reduce their MJ intake and avoid negative consequences, including dependence,” the grant noted. “This study will develop and initially test an intervention [personalized feedback on MJ use + a smartphone app to promote exercise/physical activity (PA) as a...
  • Hawaii governor signs first-of-kind state smoking age bill

    06/19/2015 8:37:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 10:48 PM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii’s governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21. The measure aims to prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Gov. David Ige signed it into law Friday. Dozens of local governments have similar bans, including Hawaii County and New York City. “Raising the minimum age as part of our comprehensive tobacco control efforts will help reduce tobacco use among our youth and increase the likelihood that our keiki will grow up tobacco-free,” said Ige, using the Hawaiian word for children. In Hawaii, 86...
  • South Carolina shooting: What we know about suspect Dylann Storm Roof, 21 [Psych Drugs]

    06/18/2015 4:53:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 72 replies
    CBS ^ | 6/18/15
    A federal law enforcement source has identified the man suspected of killing nine people inside a historic black church on Wednesday evening as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof. He was captured Thursday morning in Shelby, N.C. ....Since January, Roof has been arrested twice, both at the Columbiana Mall in Columbia, S.C. According to arrest records obtained CBS News investigative producer Laura Strickler, on February 28, Roof went into a Bath and Body Works store wearing all black and asked "out of the ordinary questions," including how many associates were working, when they closed and what time they leave. Mall employees complained...
  • Teacher Aide Found In Bathroom Allegedly Had Syringe In Arm

    05/30/2015 12:13:14 PM PDT · by familyop · 70 replies
    CBS Denver 4 ^ | May 29, 2015 | CBS Denver 4
    A teacher aide who was found passed out in a bathroom by students at a northwest Denver school allegedly had a syringe sticking out of her arm. The paraprofessional, Cassandra Rein, 27, was found Thursday morning in the bathroom at Denver Center for International Studies at Ford Elementary School by four first grade girls...While Denver Public Schools has only gone as far as to say that Rein is a teacher’s aide, her Facebook page states she’s a preschool teacher. She was placed on administrative leave...Rein appeared in court for an advisement hearing Friday morning and bonded out of custody on...
  • Disgraced sex addict Tiger Woods CHEATED on ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn - the real reason they split

    05/12/2015 7:34:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2015 | Lycia Naff
    When Tiger Woods and Lindsay Vonn split over a week ago, the Olympic skiier posted on Facebook the explanation that 'both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart.' Daily Mail Online can now exclusively reveal that during one of those 'times apart' Tiger cheated on Lindsay - with a 'faceless, nameless woman', a friend reveals. 'He had a relapse in the sex department,' a close friend reveals to Daily Mail Online. 'Lindsey found out about women again. Always while he's on the road. Just like when he was with Elin.'
  • The "War on Drugs" is dinosaur technology

    05/03/2015 7:59:56 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 187 replies
    Huffington POst ^ | 03/22/2015 | Johann Hari
    Nearly fifteen years ago, Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe, with 1 percent of the population addicted to heroin. They had tried a drug war, and the problem just kept getting worse. So they decided to do something radically different. They resolved to decriminalize all drugs...
  • Fox’s Bob Beckel Undergoes Addiction Rehab

    05/01/2015 10:01:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 89 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 30, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Over the past several months, Mediaite has produced a handful of posts asking the question: Where is Fox’s The Five co-host Bob Beckel? ... In our first report, we noted that Fox told us Beckel was out receiving and recovering from back surgery. However, our own sources at the network indicated there was more to the story, including possible addiction (as cable watchers know well, Beckel is open about his drug history). And now Fox confirms that there is, indeed, an addiction therapy element to the story after all.
  • Josh Hamilton case no Mickey Mouse affair for Angels' Arte Moreno

    04/03/2015 1:38:01 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 3, 2015 | Bill Shaikin
    Michael Eisner did not care for the rules. He would look out for his kingdom, in a way that would seem perfectly logical to Arte Moreno, and to a good many fans too. If a player on your team was involved with cocaine, how could the team be forbidden from taking disciplinary action? In Baseball Land, the employees have a powerful union to protect their interests. And so, on Friday, the commissioner of baseball was reduced to issuing a statement that essentially said, "Yes, I would have suspended Josh Hamilton, but I had no authority to do so." In 1997,...
  • People Who Don't Want Women to See Ultrasounds – What Are They Thinking?

    03/20/2015 5:40:26 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    Presentation Right 2 Life ^ | 3/20/15 | Presentation Right to Life
     People Who Don't Want Women to See Ultrasounds of their Babies – What Are They Thinking?   He's a really nice guy. George Leventhal, Montgomery County Maryland Council President, likes puppies. Presumably he loves babies…born ones, that is. What motivates a nice guy like George, to want to impede women seeing their babies' ultrasounds? Ultrasounds aren't exactly cute, but people do get excited about them. We can't presume to know George's thinking, but it's still important to try to understand what people who take his position have in mind.  It may be true, not necessarily in George's case, but on average, that...
  • The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous: Dozens of other treatments more effective.

    03/17/2015 9:25:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 156 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/17/2015 | Gabrielle Glaser
    [SNIP] The 12 steps are so deeply ingrained in the United States that many people, including doctors and therapists, believe attending meetings, earning one’s sobriety chips, and never taking another sip of alcohol is the only way to get better. Hospitals, outpatient clinics, and rehab centers use the 12 steps as the basis for treatment. But although few people seem to realize it, there are alternatives, including prescription drugs and therapies that aim to help patients learn to drink in moderation. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, these methods are based on modern science and have been proved, in randomized, controlled studies, to...
  • Impossible to Resist: Addictive Food Report

    02/28/2015 5:44:37 AM PST · by xzins · 59 replies
    CBN ^ | February 25, 2015 |
    If you feel like it is impossible to put certain foods down, there could be a reason. A new report is naming some of the most addictive foods and explaining why they are so hard to resist. According to the Huffington Post, the following foods are among the most addictive: pizza, chocolate, chips, cookies, and ice cream. The report shows foods that cause the most mental distress and physical discomfort are highly processed, as well as high in added fats and sugars. Food is not currently classified as an addiction, but experts say it can impact how you feel.

    07/10/2006 3:00:37 PM PDT · by FARS · 22 replies · 908+ views
    Times Online ^ | 7/10/06 | Nigel Hawkes
    NATURE TO THE RESCUE - AGAINThe deadly sea snail venom that will take away your pain By Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor Times Online A NEW painkiller based on the venom of a sea snail will be available in Britain from today. Prialt, or ziconotide, is the result of more than 20 years’ research by a scientist born in the Philippines, Baldomera Olivera, who is a professor at the University of Utah. It is 1,000 times more potent than morphine but, unlike that drug, is not addictive. It is aimed at people suffering from severe, chronic pain who would normally...
  • Three legit reasons to stage an intervention for those you care about

    10/22/2014 2:36:56 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-22-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Nothing fancy, but it makes for a good sticker...
  • Pot Use Is Devastatingly Dangerous: Analysis of 20 Years of Studies

    10/13/2014 5:10:25 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | October 11, 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    “I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from ... cigarettes.” This sentiment, expressed by Barack Obama in January and shared by millions, has once again been challenged — this time by an academic review of 20-years worth of research. The handiwork of Dr. Wayne Hall, a professor of addiction policy at King's College London and drug advisor for the World Health Organization, the review implicates cannabis in a whole host of health problems, but, in particular, in mental-health issues and addiction among habitual users — especially teenagers.
  • Pot should be legalized, regulated and sold like alcohol, says addiction centre

    10/10/2014 10:53:02 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 165 replies
    CityNews Toronto ^ | 10/09/2014 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores. “Legalization means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults,” said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH. “Canada’s...
  • Fox News Anchor Eyes Return Following Rehab

    09/29/2014 12:54:27 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 24 replies
    TVWeek ^ | 09-29-2014
    An on-air regular at Fox News Channel is working his way back into the lineup. TVNewser reports that Gregg Jarrett, who has been off the air since he checked himself into alcohol rehab earlier this year, is attempting to make his return.
  • Former ATF Agent: Empower Police To Nab Terrorists Smuggling Cigarettes

    09/29/2014 12:37:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 28, 2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Strict laws must be put in place to combat New York City’s massive tobacco smuggling problem, former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Assistant Director Rich Marianos told The Daily Caller News Foundation.“Street gangs, narcotics crews, Russian and Asian organized crime networks, and terrorists are trading cigs for guns, narcotics — even humans,” Marianos, who was with the ATF for 27 years, said.NYC’s disproportionately high cigarette tax is allowing hardened criminals and even terrorists to fund illicit activity and make huge profits, with almost no risk, thanks to lax tobacco smuggling laws.Since 2006, the tax rate on NYC...
  • Here are the latest numbers on porn: you’d better sit down

    09/09/2014 8:56:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LIFE SITE ^ | John Stonestreet
    In the spring of 2000, Zogby International asked more than a thousand U.S. adults whether they had ever visited a sexually-oriented web site. Only one in five had done so. Among born-again Christians, 18 percent had gone to such sites, just three percentage points less than the general public. Well, fast forward to today. A group called Proven Men Ministries commissioned the Barna Group to examine current pornography use. You might want to sit down for this—Barna found that 64 percent of American men and 20 percent of women view pornography at least monthly. And for Christian men, that number...
  • Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Reduce Opioid Deaths (Propaganda)

    08/27/2014 7:45:57 AM PDT · by mgist · 42 replies
    JAMA ^ | 8/26/14 | Kuehn
    Author Insights: Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Reduce Opioid Deaths BY BRIDGET M. KUEHN on AUGUST 26, 2014 Marcus A. Bachhuber, MD, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and colleagues found that states that legalize marijuana experience lower rates of opioid deaths, on average, compared with states that don’t allow medical marijuana. Image: University of Pennsylvania Opioid-overdose deaths increased in states across the country between 1999 and 2010, but states that legalized medical marijuana saw less-steep increases than those without, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week. Growing use...
  • Gene Simmons Tells Addicts, Depressed to Kill Themselves

    08/17/2014 8:56:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8/15 | Bryan Hood
    Gene Simmons is anything but sympathetic when it comes to depression. “Drug addicts and alcoholics are always, ‘The world is a harsh place.’ My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany,” the Kiss front man, 64, said in an interview with last month. “I don’t want to hear x all about ‘the world as a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life.”
  • How Robin Williams 'fell off the wagon ... and demanded real alcohol instead of props' ...

    08/14/2014 9:42:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | J Gardner
    How Robin Williams 'fell off the wagon on set of recent TV series and demanded real alcohol instead of props' - as Broadway theaters dim their lights for one minute in his memory Robin Williams fell off the wagon not long before his suicide when he demanded real alcohol during shooting of his failed TV series, insiders say. According to Page Six, the 63-year-old funnyman asked for booze during a scene shot inside an LA restaurant in May 2013 as he begrudgingly returned to the small screen in The Crazy Ones. As more of the details of the tragic actors...
  • Please help! Trying to quit alcohol but facing challenges from family.

    07/04/2014 9:02:19 PM PDT · by proud American in Canada · 158 replies
    myself | July Fourth, 2014 | myself
    Hi all, I never, NEVER, thought I'd post this here. But at this point, I have no one to turn to. I'm a 51 year-old housewife/reporter and photographer who tries to make money doing proofreading, editing, writing,taking pictures, and oh, yes, selling ads for a phone book belonging to a dear friend of mine who was on Gatineau's city council (that's how I met him; we broke a lot of stories here). I need to make a profile on FR; it would save a lot of time. :) Long story short. I grew up in Des Plaines, IL, met my...
  • FDA extends public comment period for e-cigarette rules

    06/23/2014 11:55:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes. Those are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The FDA also proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.
  • Drug Abuse News

    England has seen a 10% fall in the number of opiate and crack [the top 2 illicit drugs abused] users since 2005 with the largest reductions being seen in the last few years. This also includes a significant fall in the number of people injecting these drugs: from 93,401 in 2010 to 2011, to 87,302 in 2011 to 2012. THE DIFFERENCE: England approaches the issue as a "public health" issue. In the USA we approach substance abuse as a "legal" issue. Until we fund treatment adequately, attacking demand, law enforcement attempts to shrink supply will just make profit margins greater...
  • Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

    05/29/2014 12:02:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 29, 2014 | Ben Hirschler
    London - A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking. The UN agency, which is currently assessing its position on the matter, has previously indicated it would favour applying similar restrictions to all nicotine-containing products. In an open letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan, the scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia argued that low-risk products like e-cigarettes were "part of the solution" in the fight against smoking, not part...
  • Married ex-Washington Post executive found dead at a gay hot spot with a pipe and needle

    A married former Washington Post vice president has been found dead in a gay bar in Manhattan with drug paraphernalia near his body. Guyon Knight was found dead around 8am on Saturday in a bar called the Out in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York. The New York Post reported the circumstances of the 64-year-old's death, saying that he was seen with a needle, a pipe and unspecified pills near his body. The club where Knight was found describes itself as being gay-but-straight friendly, but a person familiar with the bar told MailOnline that it is mostly frequented by...
  • Colts: Jim Irsay voluntarily checks into rehab

    03/18/2014 8:19:43 PM PDT · by digger48 · 37 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Mar 18, 2014 | Chris Proffitt
    INDIANAPOLIS - Colts owner Jim Irsay voluntarily checked into a health care treatment center after he was arrested in Carmel on DWI charges linked to prescription pills. (snip) When police stopped Irsay late Sunday, they found several prescription drugs in pill bottles in his car and he was preliminarily charged with driving under the influence and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. Police said the drugs found in Irsay's car weren't associated with the prescription bottles found inside.
  • Woman found dead in trash [Jarrae Nykkole Estepp] had been featured in video series

    03/18/2014 4:07:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | March 17, 2014, 6:42 p.m. | Adolfo Flores
    An Oklahoma nonprofit that works with sex workers is holding a candlelight vigil for a 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found last week on a conveyor belt inside an Anaheim trash-sorting facility. Outreach workers with No Boundaries International, a nonprofit based in Edmond, Okla., said they had frequent contact with Jarrae Nykkole Estepp in Oklahoma City in 2012, when she was featured in several videos of street life posted on YouTube and elsewhere. The nonprofit planned to hold the vigil Monday evening. Estepp's body was found Friday morning amid the trash at the Republic Services recycling plant in an...
  • Heroin Scourge Overtakes a ‘Quaint’ Vermont Town

    03/08/2014 2:46:05 PM PST · by mgist · 85 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 3/5/14 | By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Stephanie Predel is off heroin. But the Bennington, Vt., area, where she lives, is in the throes of an epidemic. BENNINGTON, Vt. — Stephanie Predel, a stick-thin 23-year-old freshly out of jail, said she was off heroin. But she knows precisely where she could get more drugs if she ever wanted them — at the support meetings for addicts. “I can get most of my drugs right at the meeting,” she said. “Drug dealers go because they know they’re going to get business.” She added, “People are going into the bathroom to get high.” Bennington, a pre-Revolutionary town of 17,000...
  • Ex-Navy Seals 'died of drug overdoses' on Captain Phillips ship

    02/22/2014 6:44:01 AM PST · by yldstrk · 66 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 21, 2014 | AP
    <p>Two former Navy Seals found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama, the ship hijacked in the Tom Hanks' film Captain Phillips, are believed to have died of drug overdoses. Mark Daniel Kennedy, 43, and Jeffrey Keith Reynolds, 44, were found dead on Tuesday in a cabin with drugs and hypodermic needles as the ship berthed in the Seychelles.</p>
  • Canadian rehab center installs crack pipe vending machine

    02/09/2014 2:39:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/09/14 | Sean Piccoli
    A drug treatment center in Vancouver, Canada has installed a crack pipe vending machine at its facility — going retail in an effort to reach hardcore addicts and keep them off the streets. The bright, polka-dotted machine dispenses crack pipes like candy or snacks: Each glass pipe costs a quarter, and rolls off a spindle into a tray. A sign on the machine says simply, “Pipes 25˘” About all that’s missing is a picture of Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman had 'hard-core' drug addiction (Ya think?)

    02/09/2014 6:56:18 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 83 replies
    Philip Seymour Hoffman had a "hard-core" drug addiction and injected twice as much heroin a day as a typical addict, according to his alleged dealer. Robert Vineberg, a jazz musician, was arrested two days after the 46-year-old actor's death as police hunted through New York trying to find who supplied the fatal dose. Speaking from the Rikers Island prison, Mr Vineberg denied selling Hoffman the 73 packets of heroin found near his body. Mr Vineberg, who also struggles with heroin addiction, told the New York Post that Hoffman was injecting 10 bags of heroin every day.
  • Reason Magazine: Hey, Let’s Reduce Heroin Overdoses by Legalizing Heroin

    02/04/2014 2:32:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/04/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    For a magazine that styles itself Reason, it’s surprisingly unreasonable. Nick Gillespie of Reason attacks Truth Revolt’s Ben Shapiro for writing that “Philip Seymour Hoffman['s] self-inflicted death is yet another hallmark of the broken leftist culture that dominates Hollywood, enabling rather than preventing the loss of some of its greatest talents. Libertarianism becomes libertinism without a cultural force pushing back against the penchant for sin; Hollywood has no such cultural force.”It’s a point that’s rather hard to argue with. Freedom opens up the arena for individual character to define how people will use it. Freedom alone is a blank slate...
  • Chuck Norris smokes marijuana debate

    01/26/2014 9:10:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 110 replies ^ | January 24, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Mr. Norris, with Washington and Colorado recently legalizing pot smoking and their football teams (Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos) being in the Super Bowl, some have asked whether there is going to be added marijuana use during this year’s Super Bowl. And President Barack Obama recently said that he doesn’t think marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol. What do you think, Chuck? Is it? – “Trying to Make Sense of Sensimilla” in Seattle I understand the arguments for the legalization of marijuana: It can generate tax revenue. It can reduce illegal supply and demand. It can strip power from cartels...
  • N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Promises to End War on Drugs in Inaugural Speech

    01/23/2014 9:04:52 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 01/22/2014 | Allison Geller
    In the inaugural speech for his second term of office, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie vowed to end the ineffective “war on drugs.” “We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse. We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands this simple truth:  every life has value and no life is disposable,” Christie said Tuesday at the War Memorial in Trenton. Christie generally tried to strike...
  • Justin Bieber spends $75,000 in strip club: report

    01/21/2014 3:39:13 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 42 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 21, 2014 |
    Teenage pop star Justin Bieber spent a massive $75,000 during a night out at a strip club in Miami, Florida, according to a U.S. report. The Baby hitmaker, 19, is said to have visited the King of Diamonds venue in the city to celebrate the birthday of his rapper friend Lil Scrappy, who hosted a party at the club on Monday night to mark his 30th birthday. Bieber is said to have joined his friend at the venue and spent a fortune there. A representative for the strip club documented the singer's visit in a series of posts on the...
  • Justin Bieber allegedly addicted to sizzurp, urged to go to rehab

    01/21/2014 1:04:46 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 58 replies ^ | January 20, 2014 | Joel Golby
    ...Sizzurp is traditionally a blend of codeine syrup, a fizzy drink (in this case, Pineapple Fanta) and maybe some crushed up sweets or something for flavour, all served in a Styrofoam cup for added class – and police allegedly found a mountain of empty soda cans, personalised-with-a-biro Styrofoam cups and empty codeine bottles in Bieber’s mansion. However, as TMZ reports, police had to pass up a number of not-very-well-hidden-at-all items of drug paraphernalia while raiding Justin’s Calasbasas home – apparently including two cookie jars stuffed with ‘whacky tobacky’, as well as the aforementioned sizzurp ingredients – as the search warrant...