- FDA Begins Regulating Tobacco Products [New York Times]
- Medicinal Marijuana for Children Now Up to Gov. Christie [Philly]
- Study Links Weight Talks with Eating Disorders in Teens [Science World Report]
- Role-Play Scenarios Target Junior Marines' Drug, Alcohol Choices [Marine Corps Times]
- Japan's Largest Source of Smuggled Drugs Traced to Africa [Japan Daily Press]
- Marijuana Dispensaries Becoming Exclusive Domain Of The 1 Percent [Huffington Post]
- Recreation of Ancient Beer Suggest It Was Really, Really Gross [io9]
- John Stamos Tells Jodie Sweetin to "Stay Sober" After Separation [POP2it]
Football legend Brett Favre, who was once addicted to painkillers, has surprised fans by endorsing a new painkilling product, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The former Green Bay Packers quarterback has been raving about an allegedly "safe" pain relieving cream called "Rx Pro," which he will soon be promoting in a new marketing campaign. "I can speak volumes on pain and narcotics use," he told Sirius XM Radio recently. Indeed, Favre, 43, underwent treatment for opioid dependence in 1996, at the height of his career. "This is kind of a difficult time...throughout the last couple of years, playing with pain and injuries, I've become dependent on medication," he said back then. But Rx Pro, he says now, "is a safe way to treat some of your ailments. It even works with cramps, stomach pain."
But what is Rx Pro? Byron Barrett, the president of the sports medicine unit of World Health Industries (the Mississippi company that manufactures it), describes the cream as a "miracle" and a "safe harbor for people with pain," but declines to disclose its ingredients. He does say that it contains no substances that are banned by the NFL and that he "believes" it's FDA-approved. An FDA spokeswoman, however, says she can "find no evidence" that the cream has been approved. Favre became known as the "toughest quarterback in the NFL" after famously scoring five touchdowns with an injured ankle—he later required four ankle surgeries. He says that using Rx Pro has eliminated all the pain caused by injuries sustained in his 20-year NFL career, and that the cream will change the game for other athletes dealing with chronic pain: "I really believe in this product."
A German army camp based in Afghanistan is attempting to crack down on the drunken behavior of some of its soldiers, who have been reportedly passing out in ditches, driving service vehicles while intoxicated and accidentally firing weapons. The camp commander of the Bundeswehr's Mazar-i-Sharif camp in northern Afghanistan, Jörg Vollmer, has made an effort to push for temperance since taking over control this past February. “The commander is very strict here and misbehavior in this regard is not acceptable to him and every matter is looked into, cleared up and if confirmed, punished, regardless of rank or function of the soldier,” a spokesman told German newspaper Der Spiegel. One soldier in the camp who accidentally took his own life by shooting himself with his own weapon was found to have been drinking heavily beforehand. Soldiers are allowed two cans of beer or two glasses of wine per day as stated by Army rules, but the soldiers have been reportedly violating these rules by hoarding their rations for late night binge drinking sessions. To keep an eye on things, Vollmer has since been touring the barracks late at night. More than 17 cases of disciplinary action related to alcohol consumption have already taken place, while soldiers have been sent home due to extreme misconduct in 14 cases.
An Ohio man is recovering after he tore off part of his own penis during a magic mushroom-fueled craze, authorities report. Washtenaw Country Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglar alarm set off at Ypsilanti Middle School late one night last week when they found the 41-year-old man, naked and screaming on the playground, according to local Sgt. Geoff Fox. The man had reportedly torn off enough tissue to lose a life-threatening amount of blood, and was rushed to the hospital along with his severed body part. "He really wasn't saying much at all—a lot of yelling and screaming," says Fox. "He wasn't making sense. They couldn't really communicate with him in terms of constructive conversation." He later told police that he had consumed some magic mushrooms at a friend's house nearby prior to the incident. Fox says his blood results have been sent to a lab to determine if the mushrooms were laced with anything. The man remains in the hospital, and no comments have been made about the current state of his manhood.
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A newly published 15-year study indicates that Vancouver's progressive efforts in harm reduction have effectively reduced illegal drug use and improved public safety. The report by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS examined drug use from 1996-2011 in the city's impoverished Downtown Eastside, once known as "Ground Zero" for HIV and overdoses. The city then adopted a harm reduction approach that included opening Insite, Canada's first legal supervised injection site, in 2003. Dr. Thomas Kerr, co-author of the report and co-director of the center's Urban Health Research Initiative, says fewer people in the area are using drugs—and out of those who still do, fewer are injecting. Almost 40% of users reported sharing needles in 1996; that number dropped to 1.7% in 2011. The percentage of users who accessed methadone treatment jumped from 12% to 54% during that time period. The study also found fewer new HIV and Hepatitis C infections related to sharing needles. "A public health emergency was declared here because we saw the highest rates of HIV infection ever seen outside of sub-Saharan Africa—in this community," says Kerr. "At the same time, the community was being leveled by an overdose epidemic."
However, Canada's Conservative government still opposes Vancouver's programs. It introduced the Respect for Communities Act earlier this month, which will require applicants to consult with community, provincial and municipal authorities and law enforcement officials before setting up new supervised injection facilities. "We have a federal government that ignores science in favour of ideology, and people are sick and dying as a result," says Kerr. "When we're dealing with matters such as life and death, I think we're obligated to base our decisions on the best available scientific evidence. I think it's unethical to do otherwise." Canada's Supreme Court decided in 2011 that Insite could continue to operate, but the new federal legislation will make it much harder for similar sites to open. There are no legal safe injection sites in the US.