E-cig Restrictions, Nek-nominate, Winter Olympics, Legalize-Tax-Discourage, Smoking and Mental Illness
February 28, 2014
Putting e-cigarettes behind the counter and not sold to minors in Cook County, while Chicago has banned e-cig "vaping" wherever cigarette smoking is forbidden. Nek-nominate, popular in UK and Australia, now here, involves drinking large amounts of alcohol often mixed with other bizarre things, then nominating one or two friends to follow suit, or do even more. Of course its recorded on YouTube. New performance-enhancing drugs coming out of Sochi. Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank advocating for legalizing drugs, and some success with smoking cessation among those with mental illness using the stop-smoking drug varenicline
Celebrities and Heroin ODs, CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes, 3rd Hand Smoke
February 19, 2014
Celebrity deaths increase the general recognition of drug problems, which lately have been heroin and prescription painkillers overdoses and deaths. Oscar and Tony-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman' s overdose death is the most recent in a long list celebrity drug death. Hoffman probably died of heroin mixed with some form of fentanyl, an extreme powerful opioid. Also the pharmacy chain CVS made news by announcing it would no longer sell cigarettes, with other large pharmacy chains like Walgreens saying they may follow suit. And the dangers of 3rd hand smoke are highlighted in a new study.
Strange Addictions, Meth for a Tip, Obama's MJ Alcohol Comment, Sizzurp
February 7, 2014
Strange addictions point up the fact that addictions are not just to drugs, and not just for pleasure. An Oregon couple found out its not a good idea to leave a bag of meth for a tip, especially if you have a meth lab nearby. We also look at the implications of President Obama's recent comment that pot is no worse than alcohol. And sizzurp aka purple drank in the news again, thanks for Justin Bieber.
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