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Inmates Are Dying of Heroin Withdrawal in Jail

Deaths that advocates say are preventable

(Newser) - In the days following her 18-year-old daughter's first arrest on heroin charges, Stephanie Moyer took solace in thinking she would be safe in jail until she got into a treatment program. But Victoria "Tori" Herr sounded disoriented on a call home three days later. She feared she was... More »

Little House Star 'Devastated' to Drop Bid for Congress

Upcoming surgery won't allow Melissa Gilbert to meet 'rigorous demands' of Mich. campaign

(Newser) - A star from Little House on the Prairie won't be moving to a bigger House after all—at least not this time around. Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Little House TV series, is "devastated" to have to drop out of her bid for Congress... More »

Warrant: 'Affluenza' Teen's Mom Took $30K Before Flight

Tonya Couch also gave final goodbye to Ethan's dad

(Newser) - Weeks before "affluenza" teen fugitive Ethan Couch was arrested in Mexico with a cheap disguise of dyed hair and beard, his mother had pulled $30,000 from a bank account and told his father he'd never see them again, according to her arrest warrant. (Tonya and Fred Couch... More »

The Wrenching Process of Weaning a Baby Off Heroin

The 'Washington Post' looks at one such baby

(Newser) - It's a cruel start to life: Entering the world and then entering rehab. It's a reality more newborns are facing, reports the Washington Post , which cites figures like this one: The percentage of NICU admissions for "neonatal abstinence syndrome" has increased fourfold over a span of nine... More »

Keep Your iPhone Close, or Experience These Woes

Study finds we're distracted, perform mental tasks poorly when kept from phone

(Newser) - If being unable to answer your nearby buzzing smartphone has ever driven you a little batty, you're not the only one. Researchers explored the impact of iPhone separation on users taking simple word-search puzzles, and they report in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication that the effects of being separated... More »

First Case of Google Glass Addiction Reported

Internet addiction, however, is not yet recognized by the APA

(Newser) - A 31-year-old enlisted service member who recently checked himself into the US Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program for alcohol addiction began suffering an entirely unexpected withdrawal during the 35-day program. It turns out that when the program stripped him of Google Glass, which he'd been wearing 18 hours... More »

US Has Been Building Afghan Dam Since 1950s

Inspector general: Great Pyramid of Giza was erected faster

(Newser) - The US started construction on Afghanistan's Kajaki dam in the early 1950s—and it's still not done. "After using multiple contractors and sub­contractors, spending tens of millions of dollars, and losing scores of US and coalition lives, the work is still not complete," writes the... More »

Quitting Pot Can Cause Withdrawal, Too

Study rejects notion drug isn't addictive

(Newser) - Heard that pot isn't addictive? Not so, says a new study: Quitting can lead to withdrawal symptoms "very similar to what people experience with tobacco," says one of the study's authors. "It makes you irritable. It makes you restless. It makes it hard to sleep.... More »

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