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1/16/14 1:00pm

Miley Cyrus Photographed Smoking Joint In Front Of Mom

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People wondering where Miley Cyrus’ parents are in the midst of her bad behavior may not be surprised to learn that at least one of them appears supportive of her partying ways. New photographs show Cyrus’ mom, Tish, present while the singer smoked what appeared to be a joint and passed it around a table. The photograph was taken at a house party last month and came on the heels of her MTV documentary, in which Tish declared that she is “right beside” her daughter amidst her wild behavior.

Of course, Cyrus’ love for marijuana has been long documented. Last November, she sparked up controversy lighting a joint during her acceptance speech for Best Video at MTV’s European Music Awards in Amsterdam. “You know, I couldn’t fit this award in my bag, but I did find this,” she said before pulling out a joint, taking a few puffs and walking off the stage. She later addressed her speech by tweeting that “Sometimes in life you gotta just decide not to give AF.”

Cyrus also slammed the accusations made by singer Joe Jonas last month that she and now-sober Demi Lovato pressured him to smoke weed for the first time when they were all teenagers, telling him that he should take responsibility for his own choices. "If you want to smoke weed, you're going to smoke weed. There's nothing that two little girls are going to get you to do that you don't want to do,” she said. “I thought maybe he was saying that like it was going to make him look badass. We were so young that it was actually like, 'How did you get peer-pressured by me?'"

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By McCarton Ackerman

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1/16/14 10:30am

Man Arrested for Displaying Pot Garden on YouTube

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A Westbrook, CT man faces numerous drug-related charges after posting a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of his homegrown marijuana farm that he called Hope Garden.

William Bradley, 46, was seen in the video walking through tall pot plants while urging viewers to send him money in the form of donations. "Welcome to my beautiful garden," Bradley said in the video. "As you can see, God has gifted me with an abundance and it's more than I need, so I want to take the extra and give it to people who need the help."

"I'm growing this medicine for myself because, like I said, I do have terminal cancer,” Bradley said. “It's something that I've been dealing with for several years now, and it's always a struggle. This medicine really helps.” He repeated his name and address several times in the video, which alerted police to his illegal activity. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities raided the garden and seized two pounds of marijuana, more than 20 grams of hashish, two bags of cocaine, four Oxycodone pills, and over $1,000 in cash.

Bradley was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and operating a drug factory, among other crimes.

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By Shawn Dwyer

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1/16/14 8:30am

FDA Urges Doctors To Respect Acetaminophen Dosage Limits

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging doctors to stop prescribing painkillers that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen after reports of severe liver damage. The active ingredient in the over-the counter pain reliever Tylenol, acetaminophen is a secondary ingredient in many prescription opioid painkillers, including Vicodin and Percocet.

On account of its toxicity, acetaminophen dosages over 325 mg can lead to liver failure. Highlighting the danger, the FDA is trying to halt the prescribing of these combination products that often have as much as 750 mg per dose. "There are no available data to show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit provides additional benefit that outweighs the added risks for liver injury," the FDA said in a safety statement. "Further, limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dosage unit will reduce the risk of severe liver injury from inadvertent acetaminophen overdose, which can lead to liver failure, liver transplant, and death.”

Although half of the painkiller manufacturers have voluntarily complied with the FDA, the other half have yet to heed their request. Since many of the opioid combination products still contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage, the FDA is ready to take action. "In the near future FDA intends to initiate proceedings to withdraw approval of prescription combination drug products containing more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit that remain on the market,” the FDA said.

To protect patients, the FDA also recommends that pharmacists alert physicians when they encounter a prescription with an acetaminophen dosage above the 325 mg limit. The implication being if doctors are unable protect their patients, then pharmacists should be the second line of defense.

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By John Lavitt

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1/16/14 7:00am

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By Shawn Dwyer

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1/15/14 7:30pm

Study Finds Link Between Hallucinogens and Prison Recidivism

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Can LSD be the key to keeping prisoners from returning to jail? Researchers at the University of Alabama and Birmingham and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published a study in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology that indicates a link between hallucinogen treatment and lower rates of return to incarceration for individuals in corrections facilities.

The study, conducted between 2002 and 2007, collected data on more than 25,000 prisoners in Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC), a program for individuals with drug abuse issues. The study showed that one percent of the participants were diagnosed with problems involving psychedelics and other hallucinogens, while the vast majority of diagnoses were related to marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine use. Those participants with a hallucinogen use disorder were found to be less likely to fail the TASC program by violating its rules or other legal requirements, and as a result, were less likely to return to incarceration. Furthermore, the study indicated that hallucinogen use might be useful in promoting abstinence from both alcohol or drug use among those individuals who have returned to prison due in part to their substance issues.

The study’s authors were quick to point out that while their findings did not support advocacy for casual hallucinogen use, they did indicate that “in a real-world, substance-related intervention setting, hallucinogen use is associated with a lower probability of poor outcome.” The study echoes findings by researchers made in the 1950s that suggested psychedelics, in combination with psychotherapy, could prove effective in treating various conditions, including alcoholism and drug addiction. Such research was brought to a halt in 1970 with the passage of the federal Controlled Substances Act, which listed LSD and naturally occurring psychedelics as mescaline, psilocybin, and psilocin as Schedule 1 controlled substances along with marijuana, heroin, peyote, ecstasy, and DMT.

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By Paul Gaita

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1/15/14 5:30pm

'Candy Man' Drug Doctor Faces New Suit For Overprescribing Pain Meds

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Santa Barbara doctor Julio Diaz, who was arrested by federal agents in 2012 for his role in the overdose deaths of 11 patients, faces a new lawsuit claiming that he overprescribed high levels of medication to the plaintiff which resulted in her addiction to drugs.

California resident Courtney Canter claims in the suit that Diaz – nicknamed the “Candy Man” due to his willingness to prescribe high dosages of pain medication to patients – placed her on a pain management regimen that consisted of increasingly high dosages of highly addictive medication without monitoring or reassessing Canter’s treatment. Her suit also alleged that after suffering traumatic brain injuries from a fall down a flight of stairs, Diaz refused to initiate a step-down regimen from the medication despite clear-cut evidence of drug abuse and addiction that eventually required hospitalization, a detox program, and rehabilitation. Canter’s suit also names three pharmacy chains – Walgreen’s, CVS Caremark, and Long’s Drug Stores – for failing to determine whether the drugs were “filled for a legitimate medical purpose and were not being dispensed to an addict.”

Diaz’s history of overprescribing medication reaches back to 2009, when Santa Barbara doctors and a registered nurse sent a letter to the medical board stating that he had developed a reputation as a “doctor you can get anything from” by patients seeking oxycontin, methadone, Xanax, and other addictive prescriptions, often for complaints as mundane as menstrual cramps. That same year, several parents also filed a complaint stating that Diaz not only provided cheap and easily available prescription medication to children and young adults, but also increased the dosage when these patients complained that the drugs had lost their effectiveness.

An investigation by DEA agents into the fatal overdose deaths of 11 of Diaz’s patients between 2006 and 2011 led to his arrest in January 2012 on charges of drug trafficking.

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