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Guy Who Jumped From Plane Allegedly Smoked 'a Lot' of Meth
He Jumped Out of a Plane at
LAX. Here's the Backstory
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He Jumped Out of a Plane at LAX. Here's the Backstory

Mexican national Luis Antonio Victoria Dominguez allegedly smoked 'a lot' of meth in days before flight

(Newser) - The man who jumped from a moving plane at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday not only broke his leg—he's now facing up to two decades in federal prison. Mexican national Luis Antonio Victoria Dominguez allegedly told authorities he'd spent the previous days smoking "a lot"...

The 10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

District of Columbia actually fares the worst on WalletHub list

(Newser) - Drug abuse has only gotten worse with the pandemic, with 87,000 overdose deaths in the 12 months ending in September—representing a 29% increase from October 2019 to September 2020, reports the New York Times . Breaking down the states most affected by drug abuse using 21 metrics—including per...

Bieber: Bodyguards Checked My Pulse While I Slept

Singer tells 'GQ' that he's been working on himself

(Newser) - Five years ago, Justin Bieber was in a bad spot. He'd spent the past several years as a rising teen superstar and had developed such a concerning drug problem that his bodyguards would check his pulse while he slept to make sure he was still alive, the Canadian singer...

Secret US Safe Injection Site Saved Dozens of Lives

Researcher say clandestine site reversed 33 overdoses

(Newser) - For years, addicts have been injecting themselves with drugs at a secret location in an undisclosed US city. Researchers say the clandestine safe injection site has saved dozens of lives and has probably prevented many HIV and hepatitis C infections. The site, based on legal ones in Europe and Canada,...

This Is the State With the Worst Drug Abuse

Missouri gets unwanted distinction in WalletHub list

(Newser) - As America remains mired in a drug crisis , the added weight of the coronavirus pandemic has only made things harder. That's per WalletHub , which looked at all 50 states and DC to see which areas are affected the most by drug abuse. It looked at nearly two dozen metrics,...

10 States With the Most Drug Abuse
10 States With the
Most Drug Abuse

10 States With the Most Drug Abuse

The epidemic continues

(Newser) - A recent sliver of hope in the US opioid crisis emerged in the form of a substantial drop in prescription opioid use in 2018. But that doesn't mean the country's drug epidemic is anywhere near over. Drug abuse continues to run rampant, and WalletHub looked at the problem...

She Was Called a Dead Reality Star. That's Not Quite Right

The 'New York Times' looks at the life of Lyric McHenry

(Newser) - Lyric McHenry was found dead hours after celebrating her 26th birthday in Manhattan, and the coverage of her death "reduced [her] to the facts as written in a hurried police report: black woman, pregnant, possible cocaine, deserted street in the Bronx," writes Zoe Greenberg for the New York ...

Opioids No Better Than Other Meds at Treating Pain
Tylenol, Advil Work
Just as Well as Opioids
NEW STUDY

Tylenol, Advil Work Just as Well as Opioids

Study finds they're not much better than over-the-counter meds for pain relief

(Newser) - Even after overdose and addiction risks became known, opioid prescriptions continued on the belief that the drugs were more effective at relieving pain than other medications. New research suggests that may not be the case. In a study in JAMA , scientists say opioids appear to be no better at treating...

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site...

Another Effect of Heroin Crisis: More Hepatitis C Infections

There were 2.4K new infection in 2015; that's probably fraction of actual number

(Newser) - The heroin epidemic is driving up hepatitis C infections, with the biggest increase in people ages 20 to 29, US health officials said Thursday. The number of new infections nearly tripled in five years, to about 2,400 in 2015, the AP reports. The virus is spread by sharing needles...

Your Fingerprint Can Reveal Drug Use

Scientists able to tell whether person has taken cocaine

(Newser) - Might the days of taking saliva or blood samples for drug tests be numbered? Scientists have figured out a way to use fingerprints instead, they report at Phys.org . Specifically, the researchers used a chemical analysis of the prints to determine whether a person had ingested cocaine. Currently, scientists are...

Baby's Cry May Reveal Cocaine Use by Mom

Researchers find similar characteristics in humans, rats

(Newser) - A simple technique may help determine whether a baby was exposed to cocaine during pregnancy: Listen to her cry. It can be tough to diagnose babies with cocaine-linked health issues that may not appear until they're older, Medical Daily reports. But a baby who seems healthy may reveal through...

FDA Studies Caffeine Powder After Teen's Death

Agency says it might take regulatory action

(Newser) - A few weeks before their prom king's death , students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. But it was one of the world's most widely accepted drugs that killed Logan Stiner—a powdered form...

New Face of Heroin: White Suburbanite
New Face of Heroin:
White Suburbanite
study says

New Face of Heroin: White Suburbanite

Researchers attribute rise to prescription drugs

(Newser) - Not too long ago, the profile of the typical heroin user was pretty straightforward: an inner-city male about age 16. No more, says a new study in JAMA Psychiatry . Thanks in part to the surging use of prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, today's typical first-time heroin user...

World's Most Popular Drug: Pot



 World's Most 
 Popular Drug: Pot 
study says

World's Most Popular Drug: Pot

But painkillers behind most deaths

(Newser) - Researchers have, for the first time, conducted a worldwide survey on illegal drug use, and they learned that the most popular one on the planet is marijuana. But the drugs that are killing the most people are strong painkillers, Vicodin, OxyContin, and codeine among them, the AP reports, as per...

86% of Teens Say Peers Smoke, Do Drugs ... at School
86% of Teens Say Peers Smoke, Do Drugs ... at School
survey says

86% of Teens Say Peers Smoke, Do Drugs ... at School

New survey finds drugs are widely available at schools

(Newser) - Not only are teens drinking and doing drugs, they're drinking and doing drugs at school. Some 86% of US high-schoolers say their peers use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs "during the school day on or near school grounds," according to the head of a group that ran...

World's Biggest Pot-Head Countries

Polite little Palau is surprisingly blunt

(Newser) - What sort of ranking gives its top spots to Palau, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam, and puts the US at No. 7? The list of the world's top countries for marijuana use, reports Business Insider , based on the UN's latest World Drug Report . Palau dominated the rankings,...

Poorer Nations Seeing a Rise in Drug Use

Globalization erases a historic trend: UN report

(Newser) - It used to be that poor nations in South America and elsewhere shipped drugs to richer nations while their own residents largely avoided using them. That has changed in the last decade as the economies of developing nations have improved, according to a new UN report. Now these rising nations...

Middle-Aged Drug Users Have Sharper Minds
Middle-Aged Drug Users
Have Sharper Minds
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Middle-Aged Drug Users Have Sharper Minds

50-year-olds with history of toking scored higher on memory tests

(Newser) - Past or present drug use doesn't seem to damage middle-aged brains, a new study finds. British researchers studied the mental sharpness of thousands of 50-year-old subjects, and found that those who had used illicit drugs—mainly marijuana—actually performed better than others on tests of memory and other brain...

Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn't Up Kids' Pot Use

Young people use drug at same rate before, after legalization

(Newser) - Sobering news for those who argue that legalizing medical marijuana will lead to more stoner kids: Researchers reviewed the habits of some 25,000 youths in Massachusetts, where medical pot isn’t legal, and 13,000 in Rhode Island, where it became so in 2006. Studying data from 1997 to...

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