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  • Official says Prince died of opioid overdose

    06/02/2016 9:29:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 74 replies ^ | June 2, 2016 | Tribune News Services
    law-enforcement official tells The Associated Press that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose.
  • Banker Plunges to His Death After Eating Magic Mushrooms

    05/23/2016 2:14:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2016 | Tina Moore
    A Merrill Lynch analyst ate a handful of magic mushrooms in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning — and then plunged to his death out of his 26th-floor window, police sources said. Alex Lagowitz, 23, was found dead on a third-floor, outdoor patio around 10 a.m. — directly below his bedroom window at Windsor Court on East 31st Street and Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill, the sources said.
  • Banker plunges to his death after eating magic mushrooms

    05/23/2016 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 86 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2016 | by Tina Moore
    A Merrill Lynch analyst ate a handful of magic mushrooms in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning - and then plunged to his death out of his 26th floor window. Alex Lagowitz, 23, was found dead on a third floor, outdoor patio around 10 a.m. - directly below his bedroom window at Windsor Court on East 31st Street and Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill. It’s still unclear if he purposely jumped or lost his balance and fell out of the window.
  • Fmr Presidential Adviser (Erlichman) Confesses: Nixon Invented Drug War to Decimate Hippies

    03/22/2016 4:28:55 PM PDT · by drewh · 139 replies ^ | |Mar. 22, 2016 5:15 pm | Robby Soave
    President Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs for one specific reason: to decimate his perceived political enemies—the anti-war left. That's according to an anecdote in a lengthy cover story for Harper's, in which journalist Dan Baum recounts an interview he conducted with John Erlichman, a former Nixon staffer who was jailed for one year due to his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Unprompted, Erlichman confessed the true purpose of federal drug prohibition: “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal...
  • Johnny Manziel's wild parties with 15 GIRLS at a $2,500 a night villa in Cabo revealed - [tr]

    02/24/2016 6:33:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 24, 2016 | Ryan Parry
    Shameless Johnny Manziel flew to Mexico for a booze and sex-filled vacation just a week after allegedly beating up his ex-girlfriend, Daily Mail Online can reveal. Manziel, 23, the subject of a criminal investigation by the Dallas Police Department into his alleged assault on Colleen Crowley on January 30, flew to party hot spot Cabo San Lucas on a private jet and stayed at a plush $2,500 a night villa. The under-fire NFL star was joined by four friends for the six day sunshine break, sources told Daily Mail Online.
  • Psychiatrist arrested after 36 of his patients died

    01/15/2016 10:23:03 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 40 replies
    WMBF (NBC Affiliate) ^ | Jan 15, 2016 | Adam Harding
    JONESBORO, GA (CBS46) - A psychiatrist was arrested after 36 of his patients died, 12 of whom passed away due to overdose on prescription medication. Doctor Narendra Nagareddy's office in Jonesorbo, just south of Atlanta, was raided by DEA agents Thursday. Dr. Nagareddy is accused of violating Georgia's Controlled Substance Act. "The search warrant [alleges] 36 of his patients have died, 12 of whom were autopsied with cause of death being overdose on prescription medication," said the Clayton County District Attorney.
  • Lamar Odom had cocaine in system, track marks on arm

    10/14/2015 10:48:53 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 93 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/14/2015 | Laura Italiano
    Former NBA star-turned-reality star Lamar Odom had cocaine in his system and track marks on one arm following his sex-and-drugs binge at a Vegas brothel, according to new reports. Sources described as “hospital witnesses” told TMZ that doctors found evidence Odom had used cocaine and intravenous drugs. Fluid in his lungs may have been the result of crack cocaine use, according to people in Odom’s camp who spoke to his doctors, the website reported. News of the hard drugs compounds previous reports that Odom had an open bottle of cognac at his side and had been taking herbal Viagra when...
  • Norway study links mental illness to drugs

    05/01/2015 6:54:25 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 4-27-2015
    A new Norwegian study has shown that alcohol and drug abuse is much more common among patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression than in the population at large. The study, conducted by the Norwegian Institute for Public Health, looked into the extent of drug and alcohol dependence among Norwegians diagnosed with serious mental health disorders. Every fourth patient with schizophrenia and every fifth with bipolar disorder also suffered problems with substance abuse.  One in ten people who were severely depressed also had problems with alcohol or drug-related health problems.  It is estimated that one in forty Norwegians indulge...
  • Vice President Joe Biden Enters Betty Ford Center, Sources Reveal (C'mon - This is SATIRE folks)

    03/08/2015 12:20:43 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 130 replies
    RANCHO MIRAGE, California – Vice President Joe Biden, 72, reportedly entered the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California on Feb. 26. According to a source close to the chemical dependency recovery facility, the Vice President was escorted into the Center late Thursday evening by several members of the Secret Service and Dr. Jill Biden, the Vice President’s wife. Biden’s official White House schedule makes no mention of an official event in or near Southern California, leading many to wonder if the the Vice President’s visit is because of a substance abuse or alcohol problem. Biden’s recent headlines concern what...
  • PGA Golfer Dan Olsen: Tiger Woods Suspended For Failed Drug Test [audio link]

    03/01/2015 2:18:21 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 57 replies
    the game 730 ^ | 3-1-15 | Dan Olsen
    This guy is a bit of a crack pot, but I've suspected this. Funny either way, and we'll see if anything else comes from this. Michael Jordan and his playing baseball comes to mind.
  • Report reveals the scope of substance use and mental illness affecting the nation

    New SAMHSA report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of this age group. Marijuana was by far the most commonly used illicit drug with approximately 19.8 million current users aged 12 and older. In terms of other illicit drugs, the report indicates that among those aged 12 and older, there were 4.5 million current nonmedical users of prescription pain relievers (1.7 percent), 1.5 million current cocaine users (0.6 percent), 595,000 methamphetamine users (0.2 percent), and 289,000 current heroin users (0.1 percent). Although an estimated 22.7 million persons...
  • Police: Girl, 5, Forced to Smoke Marijuana

    05/21/2014 5:07:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A 26-year-old man is accused of forcing a 5-year-old girl to smoke marijuana, police said. Marquise Rashad Harris-Hill was arraigned Monday on a five count grand jury indictment that charges him with first-degree criminal mistreatment, third-degree assault, unlawful application of a controlled substance to the body of another person, unlawfully causing another person to ingest a controlled substance and unlawful delivery of marijuana to a minor. Fairview police confirmed the arrest that happened Thursday May 8, 2014 in the 2700 block of Northeast 205th Avenue. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, an anonymous caller...
  • More than 30 overdose on synthetic marijuana in a day in Dallas

    05/04/2014 6:22:06 AM PDT · by mgist · 35 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/2/14 | Lopez
    by REBECCA LOPEZ Bio | Email | Follow: @rlopezwfaa WFAA Posted on May 2, 2014 at 10:51 PM Updated Friday, May 2 at 11:18 PM Related: More K2 overdose cases reported in Texas DALLAS -- It's cheap, easy to buy, and sold over the counter, but it is also highly addictive and dangerous. “We don't know what they are putting into these synthetic drugs," said Dr. James d’Etienne of Baylor Medical Center. And that's the problem. People are buying and smoking K2, a synthetic drug that is supposed to mimic marijuana. Within the last 24 hours, more than 30 people...
  • Colorado Deaths Stoke Worries About Pot Edibles

    04/20/2014 6:04:41 PM PDT · by mgist · 120 replies
    Denver CBS local ^ | 4/18/14 | gurman
    DENVER – A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy. The two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. “We’re seeing hallucinations, they become sick to their stomachs, they throw up, they become dizzy and very anxious,” said Al Bronstein,...
  • 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...
  • Kerry Kennedy Says Ambien 'Overtook' Her, Causing Car Crash

    02/27/2014 3:18:36 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 67 replies
    A jury was poised to begin deliberations after Kerry Kennedy told them how she accidentally took prescription sleeping pills that then "overtook" her, causing her to crash her car on a highway. Kennedy, 54, took the stand to testify in her own defense Wednesday in her drugged driving trial. She is accused of driving under the influence of zolpidem, a sleep medication better known as Ambien, and slamming her SUV into a truck on a New York highway in July 2013.One final witness, a forensic pharmacologist, is expected to be called by the defense on Thursday to testify to the...
  • Gay and bisexual boys are more likely to abuse steroids

    02/04/2014 6:52:53 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 32 replies ^ | February 3, 2014 | Will Boggs MD
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gay and bisexual boys are almost six times as likely as their heterosexual peers to misuse steroids, according to a new study. "What was most surprising to us was the magnitude of the disparities that emerged between sexual minority and heterosexual boys," Aaron J. Blashill from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston told Reuters Health in an email. Upwards of 5 percent of adolescent boys use anabolic-androgenic steroids to enhance strength, athletic performance, and muscle size, but nobody had studied the association between sexual orientation and steroid abuse before, Blashill and his colleague Steven A. Safren...
  • 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...
  • I asked Jim if we could start an AA thread to help those of us who are suffering.

    02/01/2014 5:49:38 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 232 replies
    I have a problem with substance abuse and ask my brother Freepers if together we might form a union like AA.Most of us are Christians and Jews...not of that crowd which honors an amorphous higher authority.But even those who are honoring said higher authority should be welcome I guess.I have been abstaining but would love support of my brothers and sister in this war.
  • 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...
  • Obama: Pot laws 'important to society'

    01/19/2014 8:13:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    January 19, 2014, 10:26 am Obama: Pot laws 'important to society' By Justin Sink President Obama said in an interview published Sunday he does not believe marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol and that it was “important” that the legalization of the drug in some states to “go forward” because it would prevent unfair penalties for some users. "As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my...
  • Obama admin announces push on mental health care (Sebelius' big announcement)

    11/08/2013 10:11:24 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 8, 2013 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    The Obama administration, fresh off an apology from President Obama to Americans who are losing their current health plans under his new health care law, forged ahead Friday with rules that place mental health and substance abuse care on equal footing with medical and surgical benefits. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the “historic” step in Atlanta alongside former first lady Rosalynn Carter — a longtime champion for mental health research — in a nod toward the generation-long effort to make sure millions of Americans with behavioral health problems get the same care as patients with physical issues....
  • Flesh-Eating Drug ‘Krokidil’ Hits Chicago Yet DEA, Liberals Remain Unaware

    10/12/2013 3:43:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 12, 2013 | John Ransom
    A designer street drug made in Russia has hit the Chicago area according to a drug rehab doctor in Joliet, Illinois. The doctor has said that he’s seen as many as three patients who are suffering extreme effects of the drug. Those effects include scaly lesions, rotting flesh, gangrene and, eventually, death. Some reckon the life expectancy of chronic users at two years. Made by combining codeine with gasoline and other toxics, Krokidil (Russian for crocodile) is many times more potent than morphine and three times more potent than heroin, with withdrawal symptoms beginning shortly after the one and a...
  • Man Overdoses on Soy Sauce (Daredevil Teen Was in Coma)

    06/08/2013 8:56:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    MNN ^ | Fri, Jun 07 2013
    The daredevil teen awoke from his sodium-induced coma after three days.A young man who drank a quart of soy sauce went into a coma and nearly died from an excess of salt in his body, according to a recent case report. The 19-year-old, who drank the soy sauce after being dared by friends, is the first person known to have deliberately overdosed on such a high amount of salt and survived with no lasting neurological problems, according to the doctors in Virginia who reported his case. The case report was published online June 4 in the Journal of Emergency Medicine....
  • Colorado Sees Spike In Children Accidentally Eating Marijuana-Laced Foods

    05/28/2013 1:48:48 AM PDT · by Ghost of Jesus Gil · 60 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | May 27, 2013 | Albany Tribune
    A new study shows the relaxation of marijuana laws in Colorado has caused a significant spike in the number of young children treated for accidentally eating marijuana-laced cookies, candies, brownies and beverages.
  • In the 'War on Drugs,' signs of truce with marijuana

    04/23/2013 12:07:28 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 58 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | April 23, 2013 | Kevin McDermott
    ST. LOUIS - Marijuana, the most prevalent illicit drug in America, seems to be getting less illicit by the day. Among recent developments that would have been unfathomable during the “War on Drugs” begun under President Ronald Reagan: • The states of Colorado and Washington voted last fall to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the first states ever to do so. Though technically still a violation of federal law, the administration of President Barack Obama has responded with a shrug. • The Illinois House voted last week to join the 18 states that have already legalized marijuana for medical use....
  • Another 'Buckwild' star arrested; Charleston Police charge Michael Douglas Burford

    02/15/2013 8:42:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    WOWK ^ | April Kaull, Anchor
    13News has confirmed that another star of MTV's "Buckwild" reality show has been arrested. Charleston Police arrested Michael Douglas Burford on Friday night for aggravated DUI, according to an official from the South Central Regional Jail. Burford is known as "Bluefoot" on the reality show. The Feb. 15 arrest comes on the heals of the arrest of Salwa Amin earlier this month. During a hearing Wednesday in Nicholas County, a judge reduced the bond for Amin from $200,000 to $100,000. The star of MTV's reality show, "Buckwild", had been in the Central Regional Jail since Sunday. State Police troopers said...
  • 'Buckwild' star Salwa Amin arrested on felony drug charges in West Virginia

    02/11/2013 10:44:53 AM PST · by Perdogg · 151 replies
    "Buckwild" star Salwa Amin was arrested in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 11 in West Virginia on felony drug possession charges with an intent to deliver. TMZ reported that the 24-year-old Amin is currently in Central Regional Jail awaiting arraignment later today.
  • Report: Ray Lewis Used Banned Substance From Deer-Antler Extract

    01/29/2013 10:33:49 AM PST · by mmichaels1970 · 30 replies ^ | 1/29/2013 | Tony Lee
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis may have used a banned substance to recover from his torn triceps in order to come back and play this season. According to a report in Sports Illustrated, Lewis contacted a company to obtain a "a deer-antler velvet extract after tearing his triceps in October."
  • Troubled Michigan lottery winner found dead

    09/29/2012 5:15:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 29, 2012
    ECORSE, Mich. (AP) -- Police say a Detroit-area woman who collected welfare benefits despite winning a $735,000 lottery prize has died of a possible drug overdose. Ecorse police Sgt. Cornelius Herring confirmed that 25-year-old Amanda Clayton was found dead about 9 a.m. Saturday at a home in the community southwest of Detroit.
  • Pat Robertson: "It's time we stop locking up people for possession of marijuana..."

    03/07/2012 10:40:18 PM PST · by MetaThought · 115 replies
    Reason ^ | March 6, 2012 | Mike Riggs
    Pat Robertson, America's longest-serving eschatological bigot and spiritual leader, took to the airwaves of the 700 Club last week and denounced the war on weed, as well as liberals, all of whom write laws in a "punitive spirit." Putting aside the fact that Robertson has, on occasion, invited God to smite people people of abominable politics and preferences, this time he is making (some) sense: We here in America make up 5% of the world's population, but we make up 25% of jailed prisoners... Every time the liberals pass a bill -- I don't care what it involves -- they...
  • Son, mom, grandpa in Dixie Co. accused of making meth [3 generations of tweekers]

    02/24/2012 8:49:03 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 110 replies · 1+ views
    The Gainesville Sun ^ | February 16, 2012 | Karen Voyles
    The Dixie County Sheriff's Office early Thursday arrested four people representing three generations of a single family on suspicions they were working together to manufacture methamphetamine.
  • Girl Who Borrowed Asthma Inhaler Expelled From School

    02/22/2012 7:39:16 PM PST · by Arthurio · 49 replies
    CBS4 ^ | 2/20/12
    MONUMENT, Colo. (CBS4) – A girl who borrowed a friend’s asthma inhaler at school has now been expelled. The incident happened in January at Lewis-Palmer Middle School in Monument. Both the girls and their families are unhappy with the punishment. The school’s punishment strikes one of the families as uneven justice. The school said the girls broke the district’s drug policy. Their families call the incident an accident and the school’s discipline heavy-handed. For 10 days Breana Crites and Alyssa McKinney sat at home while suspended from school. The two were in gym class. Crites complained of trouble breathing, so...
  • Whitney Houston Was Correct: Crack Was Wack

    02/19/2012 4:28:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies · 2+ views ^ | February 19, 2012 | Doug Giles
    During a 2002 ABC interview Whitney Houston told an inquiring Diane Sawyer that “crack is wack.” She was correct: Crack is wack, and in the final analysis, abusing it (and many, many other drugs and alcohol) whacked Whitney. This past Saturday Whitney Houston joined the ignoble ranks of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Frankie Lymon, Bon Scott, Elvis Presley, Keith Moon, John Bonham and literally hundreds of other musicians who died base and appalling drug- and alcohol-related deaths. What a shame. For the life of me, I don’t get why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to...
  • Betty Ford Dead at 93

    07/08/2011 5:58:26 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 146 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2011 | CNN
    Betty Fordhas died at the age of 93.
  • Amy Winehouse returns to rehab

    05/30/2011 8:14:23 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 22 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | May 27, 2011 | Jessica Derschowitz
    They tried to make her go to rehab...and she said yes, yes, yes. Singer Amy Winehouse checked into a treatment facility on Wednesday, the singer's rep confirmed. Winehouse "has embarked on a treatment program at the Priory Clinic," the rep said, according to Britain's Daily Mail. "She wants to be ready for performances in Europe this summer and decided to seek an assessment. She will remain at the Priory on doctors' advice." A source close to the "Rehab" singer told People magazine that Winehouse's father, Mitch, encouraged her to seek help: "Her dad sat her down and said 'I think...
  • Heartbreaking twist in Koppel son tragedy

    06/02/2010 2:23:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies · 1,876+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 2, 2010 | Jeane MacIntosh, Lorena Mongelli and Dan Mangan
    The son of legendary TV newsman Ted Koppel had the unconditional love of his parents and a second child on the way -- but the twin demons of drugs and booze were a deadly lure he couldn't duck, friends said yesterday. Andrew "Drew" Koppel, 40, had "many substance-abuse issues," said a longtime family friend. Still, that friend found it "shocking" that Koppel died in a stranger's seedy Manhattan apartment Monday after nearly 12 hours of drinking whiskey with a man he had just met in a Hell's Kitchen bar. "What's really puzzling the family is why he ended up...
  • Teen Driver On Woman's Death: 'She Was Old'

    04/24/2010 12:38:23 PM PDT · by bad company · 133 replies · 4,199+ views ^ | Apr 23, 2010 3:53 pm US/Eastern
    A teenager charged with crashing a van into a house, killing a woman gardening, told police she didn't feel so bad after learning the victim's age. According to court documents obtained by CBS Radio's 1010WINS, Kayla Gerdes was quoted in a written statement to police saying: "The thing that made me not feel so bad was she was old," she said. "I mean, 70 years is a long time to live." Then, on a completely separate note, she told police: "I want to see a newspaper or the news to see what I look like." Gerdes is facing vehicular manslaughter...
  • Drugs chief: Alcohol more dangerous than ecstasy, LSD and cannabis

    10/29/2009 6:03:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 913+ views
    The British Government's chief drug adviser has sparked controversy by claiming ecstasy, LSD and cannabis are less dangerous than cigarettes and alcohol. Professor David Nutt, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, attacked the decision to make cannabis a class B drug. He accused former home secretary Jacqui Smith, who reclassified the drug, of "distorting and devaluing" scientific research. Prof Nutt said smoking cannabis created only a "relatively small risk" of psychotic illness. And he claimed advocates of moving ecstasy into class B from class A had "won the intellectual argument". All drugs, including alcohol and tobacco,...
  • Agassi says he used crystal meth in '97

    10/27/2009 8:28:07 PM PDT · by Justaham · 9 replies · 585+ views
    ESPN ^ | 10-27-09
    Andre Agassi used crystal meth while he was playing professional tennis, according to a new autobiography to be released next month. The Times of London plans to serialize the book and released details on Tuesday which describe how Agassi came to use the drug and how he avoided discipline by the ATP. In 1997, Agassi was struggling with his game and with his decision to marry actress Brooke Shields. His assistant, identified as Slim, introduced him to the drug, according to the excerpt.
  • Woman Offers Son for Gas Money (Tried to Sell 6 Yr Old Son for $10)

    09/27/2009 2:36:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 933+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Sat, Sep 26, 2009 | CARLOS MILLER
    Tried to pawn off her 6-year-old son for $10 in gas money For $10 in gas money, Marcy Pappalardo was prepared to give up her 6-year-old boy. At least according to a tow truck driver who told police Pappalardo made the proposition to him at a gas station in Melbourne, Florida. The tow truck driver turned the offer down, then dialed 911 and followed Pappalardo for several miles until police caught up to her. Pappalardo, 37, denied the allegations. She was charged with child neglect anyway. She is being held in Brevard County jail on a $2,000 bond. She is...
  • Garridos' neighbours reveal 'Creepy Phil's' drug-fuelled orgies with the hillbillies

    08/31/2009 3:57:53 AM PDT · by dennisw · 128 replies · 4,469+ views ^ | 1:28 AM on 31st August 2009 | Andrew Malone
    At the heart of this inquiry lies the nature of the community where Garrido chose to make his home after serving just 11 years of a 50-year sentence for a previous sex attack. For contrary to initial reports, this is far from being mainstream, middle-class, suburban America. Together with his new wife, Nancy, whom he had met while she was visiting her uncle in jail, Garrido settled in a crime-ridden backwater where nobody pries into anyone else's business - unless they are willing to pay the price. 'The people here are like hillbillies,' says one local film-maker. 'They are all...
  • Baby boomers get their drink on

    08/25/2009 10:48:17 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 121 replies · 2,532+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2009 | MELISSA HEALY
    The early baby boomers may be known as the generation of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But it turns out, they're hitting the bottle pretty hard as they age, as well. And that portends significant alcohol-related health problems ahead as those mid-lifers become seniors. A new study finds that among men and women 50 to 64 years old, almost 1 in 4 men and 1 in 10 women is a "binge" drinker -- meaning that at some point in the last 30 days, he or she has downed four (for women) or five (for men) servings of alcohol in...
  • Hiking Newlyweds Who Took LSD Rescued After Wife Has Bad Reaction

    08/19/2009 10:53:47 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 174 replies · 5,394+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08/19/09
  • Study: Homosexuals Twice as Likely to Seek Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

    08/18/2009 6:26:55 PM PDT · by cmj328 · 14 replies · 654+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | August 18, 2009 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    August 18, 2009 ( - A study led by Susan Cochran and her team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, published in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry, reports that homosexuals seek treatment for mental health issues or substance abuse at a rate over two times higher than heterosexuals. The study of 2074 people interviewed in the California Health Interview Survey found that 48.5% of homosexual and bisexual individuals reported receiving psychiatric or drug abuse treatment in the past year as compared to 22.5% of heterosexuals. When the research results were broken down by gender, the report...
  • Rep. Patrick Kennedy Returns to Treatment for Substance Abuse

    06/12/2009 9:33:56 AM PDT · by Sig Sauer P220 · 39 replies · 1,511+ views
    Fox News ^ | 06/12/09 | unknown
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who has struggled with depression, alcoholism and addiction for much of his life, said Friday that he has checked into a medical facility for treatment. The Rhode Island Democrat said in a statement that his recovery is a "lifelong process" and that he will do whatever it takes to preserve his health. "I have decided to temporarily step away from my normal routine to ensure that I am being as vigilant as possible in my recovery," Kennedy said. He did not disclose where he was being treated. Kennedy, who has wrestled with alcoholism, bipolar disorder, an addiction...
  • Bush opens up on struggle with alcohol abuse

    12/11/2008 8:40:19 PM PST · by littlehouse36 · 15 replies · 1,119+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/11/2008 | Kathleen Koch
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush reflected on his own struggle with alcohol in a White House meeting Thursday that touted gains in the war on drug abuse. President Bush speaks about his administration's efforts in fighting drug abuse at the White House on Thursday. CNN was the only media outlet invited to attend the entire meeting, which other reporters joined in the final minutes for remarks from the president.Several in the room, including Don Coyhis of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who runs a program targeting Native Americans battling substance abuse, were recovered addicts or alcoholics.Bush, who quit drinking at the...
  • McCain surrogate raises Obama's past drug use

    10/09/2008 5:18:39 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 46 replies · 1,183+ views
    (CNN) — A prominent surrogate for John McCain on Thursday raised Barack Obama's admitted cocaine use as a teenager and said the Illinois senator should speak candidly about it to the American people. Speaking to Dennis Miller, a comedian and conservative radio talk show host, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating said Obama should be more forthright about his background and what he called his "very extreme" record. "He ought to admit, ‘You know, I've got to be honest with you. I was a guy of the street. I was way to the left. I used cocaine. I voted liberally, but...
  • McCain surrogate: Drug use disqualifies Obama

    07/16/2008 8:30:56 PM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 181+ views ^ | 7/16/08 | staff
    WMNF Evening News Wednesday Listen to this entire show: Tags: John McCain, Barack Obama, 2008 election, NAACP, school vouchers A campaign surrogate for John McCain told WMNF today that Barack Obama should be "disqualified" to run for president because of his admitted past drug use. More on that in a moment. But first, John McCain received a polite reception in front of the NAACP at the group's annual meeting in Cincinati today. Whether that will transfer to any votes coming from those in attendance is a different story. The GOP nominee spoke to the nation's oldest civil rights organization, spotlighting...
  • Legalize All Drugs

    06/21/2008 3:32:12 PM PDT · by devere · 206 replies · 282+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | June 18, 2008 | John Stossel
    The other day, reading the New York Post's popular Page Six gossip page, I was surprised to find a picture of me, followed by the lines: "ABC'S John Stossel wants the government to stop interfering with your right to get high. The crowd went silent at his call to legalize hard drugs". I had attended a Marijuana Policy Project event celebrating the New York State Assembly's passage of a medical-marijuana bill. (The bill hasn't passed the Senate.) I told the audience I thought it pathetic that the mere half passage of a bill to allow sick people to try a...