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  • Venezuela's Chavez worked with Marxist guerrillas to inundate US with cocaine

    09/16/2019 10:05:35 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/16/19 | Rafael Berna
    The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in the mid-2000s attempted to coordinate with Colombian guerrillas to flood the United States with cocaine, according to federal prosecutors' documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal. According to the documents, former Venezuelan Supreme Court Magistrate Eladio Aponte took part in a meeting where Chávez in 2005 convened his closest advisers to draw up plans to ship cocaine to the United States with the help of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). SNIP “During the meeting, Chávez urged the group, in substance and in part, to promote his policy objectives, including to combat...
  • Scott Stapp Is Defeating His Demons One Mile at a Time

    08/13/2019 3:15:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    Runner's World ^ | August 12, 2019 | Brett Williams
    There’s no better way to get a window into the complicated world of a musician like Scott Stapp than by listening to their music. Scott Stapp’s latest album, The Space Between the Shadows, which dropped back in July, is driven by the song “Purpose for Pain.” The standout single mines the tumultuous period the singer endured since his last record in 2013 for inspiration. “Purpose for Pain” clearly carries a potent message, with a chorus that hits with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer: There’s gotta be more / Cause this life is insane / Gotta turn this around /...
  • Treatment center for video-gaming addiction proposed for Western Mass.

    08/02/2019 5:28:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 31, 2019 | Alison Kunitz
    A spiritual retreat center in Western Massachusetts, home to 19 acres of bucolic fields and forested trails, may become a residential treatment facility for young men who need to detach from technology and overcome their debilitating addiction to video games. Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare is awaiting a special permit approval from the town of Leyden, near the Vermont border, to launch the Greenfield Recovery Center, intended for people with “gaming disorder.” The voluntary program could accommodate about 30 patients who are on average between 18 and 25 years old, said Dr. David Greenfield, an Odyssey clinical partner and founder of the...
  • How This North Dakota Runner Beat Alcoholism on Her Way to a 2:49 Marathon

    07/10/2019 7:36:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Runner's World ^ | July 8, 2019 | Hailey Middlebrook
    It all came crashing down one morning in April 2015, when April Lund was 32. The evening before, she had stayed out late drinking, and she woke up alone in her apartment in Bismarck, North Dakota, with no idea of how she got there. “I blacked out completely,” she told Runner’s World. “That’s when I knew I had to change my life.” At the time, Lund was overweight and had been struggling with an alcohol addiction for about eight years. She had just moved to Bismarck from St. Louis, Missouri, where she said her social life centered around drinking. While...
  • Trump: There’s A Very Interesting Reason Why Mike Pence Mysteriously Canceled His NH Trip

    07/06/2019 7:56:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/06/2019 | AllahPundit
    A follow-up to this headscratcher that only deepens the suspense. Mike Pence was on Air Force 2, ready to depart for New Hampshire on Tuesday for an event on opioids, when he was called back to the White House urgently. What was the emergency? Pence wouldn’t say. Neither would the White House. No one has leaked it to the media in the days since, which is uncharacteristic. Marc Short insisted cryptically at the time that it would be weeks before they’d be able to tell us. Now here’s the president acknowledging a “very interesting problem” that arose in New...
  • Teacher, 42, dies after swallowing bag of cocaine to smuggle back to Dubai from Manchester

    06/04/2019 9:53:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 69 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 6/4/2018 | Douglas Patient
    A BRIT teacher accidentally killed herself with a lethal overdose after she swallowed a bag of cocaine in a first-class airport lounge while waiting to fly home to Dubai. Victoria Buchanan, 42, ingested the resealable bag when she realised she still had the drug in her possession while drinking a glass of champagne after she checked in with her luggage. The mum-of-three had earlier acquired Ł200 worth of the Class A drug during a family visit to the UK with her husband Mark who is a shipping company boss. She had Ł60 worth of cocaine left when she decided to...
  • Discipline Or Treatment? Schools Rethink Vaping Response As Student Use Rises

    05/27/2019 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Drango · 21 replies
    AP ^ | MAY 26, 2019
    <p>A glimpse of student athletes in peak physical condition vaping just moments after competing in a football game led Stamford High School Principal Raymond Manka to reconsider his approach to the epidemic.</p> <p>His Connecticut school traditionally has emphasized discipline for those caught with e-cigarettes. Punishments become increasingly severe with each offense, from in-school suspensions to out-of-school suspensions and, eventually, notification of law enforcement.</p>
  • Why America Can’t Solve Homelessness

    05/22/2019 7:52:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 89 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 19, 2019 | Michael Hobbes
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The lunch rush at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall is a snapshot of the changing character of American homelessness. The first thing that strikes you is the sheer number of people the soup kitchen serves. The line outside starts forming two hours before the food is ready. Diners file in, eat quickly and get up as soon as they’re finished. They know someone is waiting outside for their seat. Even more striking than the scale of need are the shifting demographics of who is eating here and why. The homeless population is getting younger,...
  • Heroin Is Vanishing as Fentanyl Swamps Streets

    05/20/2019 6:13:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 54 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2019 | Abby Goodnough
    BALTIMORE — Heroin has ravaged this city since the early 1960s, fueling desperation and crime that remain endemic in many neighborhoods. But lately, despite heroin’s long, deep history here, users say it has become nearly impossible to find.
  • Hospitals in West Virginia and Kentucky sign onto massive suit aimed at pharma industry

    04/30/2019 4:47:24 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 69 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | April 29, 2019 | Alex Wiederspiel
    MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — Thirty-seven hospitals in two states have filed a lawsuit in Marshall County against numerous opioid manufacturers, distributors, and several individuals. Stephen Farmer of law firm Farmer, Cline, and Campbell announced the suit, calling it the first of its kind in the United States, Tuesday afternoon. The complaint filed in court Tuesday claims evidence of a criminal conspiracy that has devastated West Virginia and “tens of thousands of its families.” West Virginia University Hospitals, United Hospital Center, and Charleston Area Medical Center Health System are among three of the largest hospitals to attach their name to the suit...
  • The Body of Missing Runner Jerika Binks May Have Been Found in a Utah Ravine

    04/17/2019 8:47:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Runner's World ^ | April 17, 2019 | Jacob Meschke
    The heartbreaking mystery of Jerika Binks, the Utah runner who disappeared over a year ago while on a trail run near her home in American Fork, may finally find some closure. On Monday afternoon, local authorities announced they had found the skeletal remains of a body in the general area that Binks was last known to have been, and with multiple personal items known to belong to Binks, according to a press release issued by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. The remains showed evidence of an injury, though nothing at this point suggests foul play. Sergeant Spencer Cannon of the...
  • INSPIRING: MyPillow founder Mike Lindell tells Levin about

    04/15/2019 8:32:20 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 17 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | · April 15, 2019 | Nate Madden
    Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow, opened up about how he overcame his lifelong battle with addiction on the latest episode of Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News Sunday night. Lindell was a crack addict who started drinking and got into hard drugs when he was just a teenager. He recalled showing up for his five-year high school reunion drunk and envying his old friends for doing things like going to college and starting families. All in all, Lindell says, he suffered through about “40 years of addiction” between alcohol, powder cocaine and crack. All that started to change...
  • The best $20,000 I ever spent: Starbucks every day of my adult life (millennial barf alert)

    04/11/2019 9:35:32 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 86 replies
    Vox ^ | 4/9/2019 | Mae Rice
    "Paying for a tiny dose of luxury doesn’t make me an irresponsible millennial." I’m in Starbucks right now, drinking what I always get: a venti iced coffee with hazelnut, soy, and caramel drizzle. It’s a case study in dribbly brown, a drink both Elle Woods and Dr. Evil would order, but it tastes great and costs less than $5 in the Twin Cities, unless you’re at the airport. I order it every day, except when the temperature falls below zero, or if I’ve earned a free drink on Starbucks’s rewards app. With a reward, I get the latte version of...
  • Why Never Trumpers Will Never Shut Up

    03/07/2019 4:24:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2019 | Kurt Schlichter
    There are not that many Never Trumpers anymore, though the media (and the remnant Never Trumpers) try to fool you into thinking so. The honest Never Trumpers, the ones who thought that this orange New York real estate developer with the succession of hot wives was not a real conservative and would betray us the first chance he got, have evolved. It turns out that Donald Trump is the most consistently and effectively conservative president since Reagan. The Never Trumpers who weren’t in on the scam noticed his track record of conservative success and morphed.Some became actively pro-Trump. I fit...
  • My Restaurant Was the Greatest Show of Excess You’d Ever Seen, and It Almost Killed Me

    02/21/2019 2:45:09 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 80 replies
    bonappetit.com ^ | David McMillan of Joe Beef - Montreal
    I was never falling-down drunk. I was never belligerent. I always got my work done. I was never unkempt. I was always clean, I was always shaved, I always performed at work. I was always kind and gracious in the dining room. But I lived in hell. When we opened Joe Beef in 2005, we were inspired by Martin Picard at Au Pied de Cochon, by these grandiose bistros of Paris, by seafood towers, by excess. We were two portly men who ate and drank well. I was and still am very insecure about anybody coming to the restaurant and...
  • CDC: Tylenol, Advil more effective than prescription opioids

    02/07/2019 7:35:43 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 118 replies
    WISN TV 12 Milwaukee ^ | 01/31/19 | WISN 12 staff
    CDC researchers found less addictive over-the-counter drugs, like Advil and Tylenol, are three times more effective than some of their opioid counterparts. No more opiates for chronic pain I guess.
  • Trump donates $100K of salary to alcoholism research

    01/28/2019 2:58:42 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Diana Stancy Correll
    The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism received a $100,000 donation from President Trump. The money, which came from Trump’s third quarter salary in 2018, will assist the NIAAA with its mission to conduct research on alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The NIAAA falls under the National Institutes of Health. The donation, reportedly announced by the White House, also carries personal significance for Trump, who does not drink. His older brother, Fred Trump, died of alcoholism in 1981. "To this day, I've never had a drink," Trump said in 2017, discussing the impact his brother had on his life. "And...
  • Oxy Billionaire Granted Patent for **Addiction Treatment**

    01/16/2019 11:06:22 AM PST · by gaijin · 22 replies
    Financial Times ^ | David Crow
    Gets paid to hook them, then paid again to UNhook them..?! Richard Sackler, whose family owns Purdue Pharma, the company behind the notorious painkiller OxyContin, was granted a patent earlier this year for a reformulation of a drug used to wean addicts off opioids. The invention is a novel form of buprenorphine, a mild opiate that controls drug cravings, which is often given as a substitute to people hooked on heroin or opioid painkillers such as OxyContin. (more at link)
  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?

    01/15/2019 8:57:26 AM PST · by Mariner · 220 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | January 15th, 2019 | Alex Halperin
    Older people are the fastest-growing group of cannabis users, as stigma fades and some seek an alternative to prescription drugs As attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing group of users is over 50 – and marijuana’s popularity among seniors is beginning to change the American experience of old age. Why are more seniors getting high? It might make more sense to ask: “Why not?” As adults reach retirement, they age out of drug tests and have far more time on their hands. Some feel liberated to abandon long-held proprieties. Elegant vape pens and other attractive, discreet products have helped de...
  • Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think

    01/03/2019 8:36:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 228 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2019 | Alex Berenson
    ... The most obvious way that cannabis fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia. Even marijuana advocates acknowledge that the drug can cause paranoia; the risk is so obvious that users joke about it, and dispensaries advertise certain strains as less likely to do so. But for people with psychotic disorders, paranoia can fuel extreme violence. A 2007 paper in the Medical Journal of Australia looked at 88 defendants who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes. It found that most of the killers believed they were in danger from the victim, and almost two-thirds reported...