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Guy Butt-Dials 911, Gets Busted for Drugs

He's arrested after authorities overhear his conversation

(Newser) - There's no need for phone-tapping when criminals call the police on themselves. That's what allegedly happened to one Grant O'Connor, 25, WKRN reports: He butt-dialed 911 as he chatted about a dealer and doing drugs, police say. Officials traced the call, which led them to a restaurant... More »

Medical Marijuana May Cut Painkiller ODs

States with new laws see drop in opioid deaths

(Newser) - The solution to America's addiction to painkillers may be … more drugs? A new study found a drop in painkiller overdose deaths in 13 states that allowed medical marijuana, CNN reports. That's because a patient prescribed marijuana will either stop taking opioids or take less of them, researchers... More »

Combo Painkiller Designed to Be Tougher to Abuse

FDA approves opioid that won't cause euphoria when crushed

(Newser) - The FDA has approved a new form of OxyContin that unites two unlikely bedfellows in an attempt to curb abuse, reports AP . The drug from Purdue Pharma is called Targiniq ER, and it combines oxycodone—the main painkilling ingredient in OxyContin, one that causes feelings of euphoria—with naloxene, which... More »

For $250, This Nurse Will Help Cure Your Hangover

Service operates in New York, the Hamptons, and soon, Chicago

(Newser) - If there's one thing everyone who's ever had a hangover can probably admit to, it's that they'll try just about anything to minimize the anguish. Now, thanks to The "IV Doctor," a service started in December by New York urologist Dr. Elliot Nadelson and... More »

Dozens Hospitalized During Avicii Concert

Heat + lots of drugs, alcohol = not great

(Newser) - By the time an Avicii concert at Boston's TD Garden ended around 11pm last night, a staging area had been set up nearby to deal with all the concertgoers requiring medical attention—a total of more than 80, about 50 of whom were treated by paramedics at the scene... More »

How 'Bath Salts' Woes Trace Back to China

NPR follows drug trail from Syracuse to Shanghai

(Newser) - A few years ago, upstate New York found itself with a "bath salts" epidemic on its hands—except it didn't exactly know what it was dealing with. The synthetic stimulant tested negative for drugs like heroin and cocaine, which allowed it to be sold legally, and it was... More »

Study: Teenage Popularity Fades by Age 22

Cool kids are more likely to later get into drugs, alcohol, criminal activity

(Newser) - The cool kids don't exactly win in the end: Teens who try to be cool by acting older than they are may be setting themselves up for future problems, according to a new study in the journal Child Development . Researchers followed 184 Southeastern teens from ethnically diverse backgrounds in... More »

Mass. Still Has 'Gargantuan' Cleanup Over Crooked Lab

Investigation looks at fallout over chemist Annie Dookhan's fraud

(Newser) - It was, a judge said, "nothing short of catastrophic" when a former Massachusetts police chemist pleaded guilty in 2012 to tampering with evidence, misleading investigators, and a host of other crimes. Annie Dookhan lied about credentials, forged colleagues' initials, and guessed at results. She had touched some 40,000... More »

Maureen Dowd Got So, So Stoned

Her 8 hours 'in hallucinatory state' underscore problems with Rocky Mountain highs

(Newser) - With Colorado's marijuana legalization effort still working through some bugs, Maureen Dowd decided to play investigative reporter, Cheech and Chong style. And what better way to do that than chowing on a marijuana candy bar in the name of journalism? Problem: The candy bar's packaging gave little indication... More »

How Police Destroy Leftover Drug Evidence

Officials face numerous hurdles in incineration process

(Newser) - What happens to all the drugs police seize, once the stuff has already served its purpose as evidence? Well, it's typically burned, the AP reports, though there's a lot of variety in how authorities go about it. Drugs have been incinerated everywhere from crematories to factories to hospitals.... More »

Tsarnaev's Gun Linked to Maine Drug Gang Boss

Tale highlights Boston Marathon suspect's possible drug-dealing ties

(Newser) - It's still unclear how Tamerlan Tsarnaev obtained the gun he used to shoot officers after the Boston Marathon bombing—but the weapon's trail points to possible ties between Tsarnaev and gangs in Maine, the Los Angeles Times reports. Tsarnaev's involvement with Maine drug trafficking may have funded... More »

First-Grader Gave Out Grandma's Heroin: DA

7-year-old allegedly brought misplaced drugs into school

(Newser) - Babysitting her grandson, a Pennsylvania grandmother misplaced her heroin—and it turned up in the 7-year-old's pockets at school a few days later, CNN reports. So says the district attorney, who warns that "any exposure to heroin for a young child is likely to result in death."... More »

Anthony Bourdain: We're Hypocrites to 'Brother' Mexico

We gobble up its culture, but care little about its crises

(Newser) - Americans are deeply attached to what comes from Mexico, whether it's food, music, beaches, or the labor that we depend on even as we criticize immigration. "In two decades as a chef and employer, I never had one American kid walk in my door and apply for a... More »

50% of States Have Now Loosened Their Pot Laws

Maryland will jump on the bandwagon with Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature

(Newser) - According to Pew research, at least 24 states have decriminalized marijuana, legalized it, or OKed its medical use (by this map , it looks like 26); Maryland looks poised to be the 18th in the decriminalization category, per the Baltimore Sun's count. With its approval by the state Senate yesterday,... More »

After-Sex Gel Could Block HIV

Researchers test treatment in monkeys

(Newser) - A study on monkeys may offer hope for women in the fight against HIV—especially in cases of rape. The study involved a gel that appears effective in blocking HIV in monkeys up to three hours after sex, the New York Times reports. That could mean protection for rape victims... More »

DC's New Punishment for Pot Possession: $25 Fine

Mayor says he'll sign measure; advocates don't expect lawmakers to intervene

(Newser) - Unless federal officials intervene—a move advocates describe as unlikely—Washington, DC, will soon partially decriminalize marijuana. The city council voted 10-1 yesterday to nix jail time for possession of up to an ounce and smoking at home, instead imposing fines of just $25 for those offenses. That's a... More »

New Pill Could Give Adults Perfect Pitch

And make adult brains more receptive to knowledge in general

(Newser) - Annoyed that your shower singing hasn't quite wowed the neighbors? One day you may be able to improve your pitch—and even acquire perfect pitch—with little more than a trip to the drugstore, NPR reports. That's because researchers are studying a "mood-stabilizing" drug that enables an... More »

Grocery Workers Open Banana Crates, Find Cocaine

From Colombia with, uh, oops

(Newser) - Police in Germany say they have seized a large haul of cocaine after smugglers apparently made a mistake that sent the drug to supermarkets. Workers at five stores in and around Berlin were surprised to find cocaine packed into crates of bananas on Monday—a total of about 310 pounds.... More »

Sick Find Key Drugs Missing From ObamaCare Plans

AIDS, cancer meds could cost patients thousands each month

(Newser) - Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, heath insurers now can't turn away sick people. That's the good news. The bad news: They don't actually have to cover the drugs those patients need. Key drugs are missing from some plans, the Washington Post reports, in what patient advocates... More »

FDA Approves Drug for Penis Curvature

Xiaflex is a little pricey, though

(Newser) - Men suffering from serious and even painful penis curvature have a new medical option—if they can afford to pay $26,000 or more. The FDA has approved Xiaflex , a drug that targets Peyronie's disease by reducing the build-up of a protein that creates scar tissue in the penis,... More »

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