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  • 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 SongFacts.com 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
    latimes.com ^ | 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 · 65 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
    WND.com ^ | 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 | Wenn.com
    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
    Heatworld.com ^ | 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...
  • 5 Reasons Marijuana Should Remain Illegal

    01/21/2014 4:29:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 172 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | John Hawkins
    How did we end up in a world where Big Gulps are being banned in New York while the welcome mat for potheads is being rolled out in Colorado? How is it that cigarette smokers are pariahs, while people smoking weed are being cheered? This is despite the fact that potheads are almost universally recognized as unmotivated, low class, degenerate – and, yes, smelly failures. Even the ones that get somewhere in life, like Barack Obama, usually turn out to be mediocrities. Moreover, we all recognize that smoking is a dirty habit that makes you die younger and while drinking...
  • APNewsbreak: Rodman checks into rehab center

    01/18/2014 5:08:30 PM PST · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    AP ^ | 1-18-14 | DAN GELSTON
    Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent says. Darren Prince declined on Saturday to say which facility will treat Rodman and how long he will be there. Rodman recently returned to the United States from his latest trip to North Korea.
  • Let's Not Kid Ourselves About Marijuana

    01/15/2014 9:15:01 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 217 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 15. 2014 | MITCHELL S. ROSENTHAL
    Let's Not Kid Ourselves About Marijuana Adolescents are vulnerable—and not just to pot. That's how they are programmed. They make rash and risky choices because their brains aren't fully developed. The part of the brain that censors dumb or dangerous behavior is last to come on line (generally not before the mid-20s). Meanwhile, the brain's pleasure-seeking structures are up and running strong by puberty. When you link adolescent pleasure-seeking and risk-taking to marijuana's impairment of perception and judgment, it isn't surprising that a 2004 study of seriously injured drivers in Maryland found half the teens tested positive for pot.
  • David Cassidy arrested for DUI for third time since 2010

    01/11/2014 6:19:53 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 109 replies
    Today.com ^ | January 11, 2014 | Kevin Murphy
    David Cassidy, a former teen idol and star of the 1970s U.S. television series "The Partridge Family," was arrested in California on Friday night on suspicion of drunken driving — his third such arrest since 2010. Cassidy, 63, was stopped on a road near Los Angeles International Airport after making a right turn on a red light in violation of a posted sign, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release. After smelling alcohol coming from Cassidy's vehicle, an officer gave him a field sobriety test that showed a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent, the patrol said. That...
  • Asking the Right Questions about Pot

    01/12/2014 9:26:07 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 98 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-12-14 | Sally Zelikovsky
    He was in high school and quite brilliant. The kind of kid who didn't pick up a book all year and aced all of his honors and AP tests -- in complex subjects like Physics. He was also musically gifted. But he couldn't stop smoking weed. The school and his parents did all they could; he even took up sports so he wouldn't go home after school and smoke. The more he smoked, the more he slacked off, the less frequently he attended class, did his work, and participated in class. They finally expelled him. He was last seen walking...
  • Ten Most Wanted

    01/03/2014 9:50:59 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies
    FBI (477) ^ | December 7, 1996 | Staff
    GLEN STEWART GODWIN Unlawful Flight to Avoid Confinement & Escape, Escape, Glen is being sought for his 1987 escape from (the max @) Folsom State Prison, where he had been serving a 26 year sentence for (very) killing a drug thug in 1980.. Later in 1987, Godwin was (shortly thereafter, again) arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After being convicted, (drug trafficking) he was sent to a prison in Guadalajara. In April of 1991, Glen killed yet another drug thug, then escaped again. Godwin is fluent in Spanish and (English) may be traveling in Central South America, and Mexico.
  • New York Mayor-Elect De Blasio's Daughter Admits Battling Alcohol, Drug Addiction

    12/26/2013 9:05:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    NBC ^ | Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013
    The 19-year-old daughter of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio admitted in a YouTube video released on Christmas Eve that she sought treatment for alcohol and drug addiction after years of also battling depression. Chiara de Blasio said in the nearly five-minute video that she'd been suffering from clinical depression since her adolescence and used alcohol to cope with her sadness and anxiety. She said she hopes that by sharing her story, she will inspire others to get help. De Blasio said she thought her problems would be solved by leaving home and going to California for college, 3,000 miles away. But,...
  • Chevy Chase recalls the precise moment he hit bottom.

    09/15/2008 9:24:08 AM PDT · by y6162 · 100 replies · 219+ views
    EW.com, from Entertainment Weekly ^ | Fall, 2008 | By Daniel Fierman
    Chevy Chase recalls the precise moment he hit bottom. It happened in front of unflinching television cameras, as he sat alone on a dais with his eyes masked by tinted sunglasses. Offered a hundred grand by Comedy Central to do a televised Friars Club roast, Chase was introduced to his place in history. And it was brutal.
  • Did BEER create modern society? Ancient man developed agriculture to brew alcohol and not to bake...

    12/20/2013 10:57:34 AM PST · by Teotwawki · 35 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | December 20, 2013 | Sam Webb
    Full Title: Did Beer create modern society? Ancient man developed agriculture to brew alcohol and not to bake bread, claims scientist Some scientists claim beer - not bread - is the reason early man adopted a society based on farming around 10,000 years ago, a key moment in our evolution. The cultivation of grain saw the transition away from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and a widely-accepted theory is that the crops were used to bake bread, but experts claim it was the prospect of a brew that drove the desire to settle down and start a farm.
  • Refusing a sobriety test during the holidays not an option

    12/16/2013 8:56:37 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 150 replies
    Valleycentra ^ | 12.15.2013 | Valeria Aponte
    Troopers all across Texas are going after drunk drivers this holiday season. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is aiming to lower the amount of drunk drivers across the state by increasing the amount of troopers, working overtime, and enforcing stricter rules. No refusals are among the stricter rules being enforced, meaning if an officer believes you are drunk and asks you to take a blood test you will most likely have to still take one. If you say no, the officer will get a warrant from a judge immediately to get your blood specimen. Saying no to a...
  • City Council seeks ban on e-cigarettes in public places as high-tech successor to smoking ban

    11/30/2013 8:33:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 27, 2013 | Annie Karni
    First the city banned smoking in most public places. Now it’s moving to snuff out the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes as well. The City Council announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill prohibiting the use of the battery-operated, tobacco-free vaporizers in restaurants, offices, parks, beaches and other places where smoking regular cigarettes is not allowed.
  • The 50 Most Violent Cities In The World

    11/28/2013 12:10:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/2013 | PAMELA ENGEL, CHRISTINA STERBENZ AND GUS LUBIN
    Drug trafficking, gang wars, political instability, corruption, and poverty have combined to make Latin America by far the most homicidal region of the world. The region has 40% of the world's murders, despite having only 8 percent of the population, according to the U.N. The highest murder rate of all is in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with 169 homicides per 100,000 people, according to a study published earlier this year by Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The ranking is based on 2012 data, except for San Pedro Sula and Distrito Central in Honduras, where authorities would...
  • Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession

    11/19/2013 1:57:44 PM PST · by AuH2ORepublican · 74 replies
    Politico ^ | November 19, 2013 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    Rep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, according to D.C. Superior Court documents. Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. Radel faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a possible fine up to $1,000. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia declined to comment on Radel’s arrest or criminal cases. The Florida Republican is a former journalist, TV anchor and radio talk-show...
  • 'Duck Dynasty' Family Reveals Pre-Fame Infidelity, Alcohol Struggles

    11/19/2013 10:56:12 AM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    .....What do you feel about this article?. . REACT .happyinformativedepressingoddboringangryinterestinginspiring Loading... ........'Duck Dynasty' Family Reveals Pre-Fame Infidelity, Alcohol Struggles ..By ABC News .Posts .By ABC News | ABC News Blogs – 1 hour 49 minutes ago ....Email 0Share 272Tweet0Share0Print..... ..... They're the duck-calling, bird-hunting, ratings-busting phenomenon known as "Duck Dynasty." The patriarch, Phil Robertson, leads the down-to-earth millionaires for the everyman clan into the homes of millions each week, and ever by his side is wife Kay. But now, audiences are getting a rare glimpse at their life before fame and fortune, seeing the demons that preceded the dynasty in...
  • Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt accused in cocaine smuggling ring, appears in Australian court

    11/17/2013 4:04:17 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 33 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | November 15, 2013 | AP
    <p>SYDNEY, Australia — Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt was extradited from Los Angeles to Sydney on Friday to face cocaine conspiracy charges.</p> <p>The 45-year-old actress and Playmate of the Month for October 1987 appeared in a Sydney court after her arrival Friday morning on a flight from the United States.</p>
  • Father-of-two, 25, sentenced to life for stealing a POWER TOOL: (Louisiana)

    11/14/2013 3:17:52 PM PST · by dennisw · 82 replies
    dailymail ^ | 14 November 2013 | By Louise Boyle
    Patrick W. Matthews was jailed in 2009 at the age of 22, for stealing a $750 welding machine in Lousiana He was convicted under Habitual Offender Law - because he robbed a fruit stand as a teenager with a drug problem 3,278 people are incarcerated in the U.S. for minor offenses and 65% of inmates are black, according to ACLU The family of a young father have revealed their heartache as he serves a life sentence - for stealing a power tool. Patrick W. Matthews was jailed in 2009 at the age of 22, for stealing a $750 welding machine,...
  • 'Outpouring of love' for woman who allegedly died while buying drugs

    "Wawrzyniak, was buying drugs from a 20-year-old man when she fell out of the car, according to Cook County prosecutors."
  • FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

    10/26/2013 12:46:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 132 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 25, 2013 | Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online notice Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.
  • Adderall Addiction: Lessons from a Son's Suicide

    10/22/2013 1:01:21 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 25 replies
    CBN News ^ | October 22, 2013 | Lorie Johnson
    Fourteen million young people between the ages of 20 and 40 take the prescription drug Adderall, or one like it, to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. Many who take it and even those who prescribe it believe it's helpful, or at least harmless. But that's not always the case. For Richard Fee, his Adderall addiction led to his suicide.
  • Study: Oreo Cookies As Addictive As Cocaine

    10/15/2013 4:59:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    Study: Oreo Cookies As Addictive As Cocaine Research Indicates High Fat, High Sugar Foods Trigger Pleasure Center In Brain October 15, 2013 4:59 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Research out of Connecticut College shows that “America’s Favorite Cookie” may be as addictive as cocaine. Connecticut College psychology professor Joseph Schroeder and four students studied in rats whether high fat, high sugar foods can be as addictive as drugs of abuse. The research looked at the behaviors and the effects the cookies had on the brain. “We found that the behavior they exhibited was equally strong for Oreo cookies as it...
  • Myanmar's Jade Trade, A Lucrative But Deadly, HIV-ridden Industry

    09/28/2013 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 27 2013 4:00 PM | Sophie Song
    Myanmar is the world’s primary source of top-grade jade, but the jade mining industry in the Southeast Asian nation remains mired in a humanitarian catastrophe two years after the reform government took over control -- tens of thousands of workers are exploited and heroin is abused on an unprecedented scale, creating the world’s largest HIV-infected community. ... For less than the price of a beer, an injectionist administers the drug directly into the vein of a miner, delivering as many as 800 separate injections from the same dirty needle. Large quantities of the drug are provided by the mine owners,...
  • Krokodil: A new twist on an old drug is as deadly as the animal

    09/26/2013 9:37:37 PM PDT · by oxcart · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 09/26/13 | Paul Mountjoy
    A new ‘designer’ drug from the East, particularly Russia, known as “Krokodil”, (Russian for crocodile) has made its way to Western shores and poses a most serious, deadly threat to abusers. This afternoon a poison control center in Phoenix, AZ reported the first known cases of krokodil use in the U.S. Users and abusers get a flesh-eating disorder after their skins turns green and scaly (hence the name ‘crocodile’). The necrotizing flesh literally rots from the inside out (warning - very graphic images), exposing bone and requiring amputations. The results of krokodil use are antibiotic resistant disease and as in...
  • New study: Porn activates the same addiction centers in the brain as alcohol and heroin

    09/25/2013 2:20:52 PM PDT · by topher · 57 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Sep 25, 2013 14:16 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    CAMBRIDGE, UK, September 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A soon-to-be-published Cambridge University study of compulsive pornography users seems to confirm that porn use can become a physical addiction. Cambridge researcher Dr. Valerie Voon studied 19 men aged 19 to 34 who had tried to quit pornography and failed, even after losing relationships and jobs because of their porn habit. Voon scanned the men’s brains as they watched erotic imagery and found that they displayed the same addiction responses as those of alcoholics shown ads for booze, or drug abusers shown images of dealers.
  • Drug addiction: The complex truth

    09/22/2013 9:36:14 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 September 2013 | Tom Stafford
    We’re told studies have proven that drugs like heroin and cocaine instantly hook a user. But it isn’t that simple – a set of little-known experiments carried out over 30 years ago tells a very different tale.Drugs are scary. The words “heroin” and “cocaine” make people flinch. It's not just the associations with crime and harmful health effects, but also the notion that these substances can undermine the identities of those who take them. One try, we're told, is enough to get us hooked. This, it would seem, is confirmed by animal experiments. Many studies have shown rats and monkeys...
  • Mr. Bernanke Gets the Jones: Every time he wants to taper, he can't

    09/20/2013 5:29:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 09/20/2013
    Chairman Bernanke: “We could raise interest rates in 15 minutes if we have to. So there really is no problem with raising rates, tightening monetary policy, slowing the economy, reducing inflation at the appropriate time. Now that time is not now.”Scott Pelley, CBS 60 Minutes: “You have what degree of confidence in your ability to control this?” “100%.”* * *No doubt that exchange of 2010 will go down as the most famous of Mr. Bernanke’s tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve. It is the context in which to savor — if that is the word — the news...
  • Marijuana affecting the brains and mental health of teenagers?

    09/13/2013 9:19:59 AM PDT · by usalady · 48 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 13, 2013 | Martha
    As more U.S. states increase legalization and increased accessibility of marijuana a recent scientific study reveals that the negative impact on the brains of teenagers is being ignored.
  • Drug Use Booming Among Baby Boomers

    09/08/2013 11:59:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 83 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Sep. 6 2013 | Chris Roberts
    The old folks are showing the kids these days how it's done. That is, people over 50 are turning to drugs more so than their kids and grandkids. Drug use among people aged 50 to 64 has "doubled" over the past decade, according to the U.S. government. Of the 23.9 million Americans who are current drug users, 7.2 percent of people between 50 and 64 years old reported using illicit drugs -- which is still less than the nearly 10 percent of "children and teenagers" who use illegal drugs, according to an annual survey of drug use. The most-popular drug...
  • Lindsay Lohan says she's an addict, aims 'to shut up and listen'

    08/18/2013 9:41:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 52 minutes ago
    Weeks after finishing her sixth trip to rehab, actress Lindsay Lohan said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that she was an addict and realizes she needs "to shut up and listen" because her approach to dealing with personal problems had not worked. "I'm my own worst enemy, and I know that and I admit it," Lohan, 27, told Oprah Winfrey in an interview on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She said she only realized she had a problem "over a period of time" rather than at any one moment. Asked whether she was an addict, Lohan replied "Yeah," adding...
  • ‘That ’70s Show’ star Lisa Robin Kelly dead at 43

    08/15/2013 1:09:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 121 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2013 | (Fox/AP)
    Lisa Robin Kelly, who rose to fame as Laurie Forman on “That ’70s Show” died on Wednesday night, her manager told FOX411. She was 43. … “Unfortunately, Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last evening. Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” her manager Craig Wycoff said. “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night, she lost the battle.” …
  • Anthony Weiner’s sexual behavior may have underlying issues (No, really? REALLY?!?)

    07/24/2013 10:06:16 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 88 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/24/2013 | Lena H. Sun and Meeri Kim
    The lewd behavior that New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner engaged in suggests he is struggling with more than bad behavior and could be dealing with a variety of issues driving his problematic sexual behavior, experts said. But doctors, clinical psychologists and sex therapists differ on the role of biology, as well as issues such as anxiety, depression and insecurity. Fred Berlin, director of the Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said many of his patients exhibit behavior similar to Weiner’s, although he and other experts cautioned that they could not speak to the former congressman’s specific situation....