- Honduran-US Relations Overcome Deadly Drug Raid [CNN]
- Landlord Imposes Smoking Ban on 2,000 California Apartments [LA Times]
- As RI's Decriminalization Debate Shows, Push to Relax Marijuana Laws Gaining Momentum in US [Washington Post]
- Montana Marches Against Prescription Drug Abuse [kulr8.com]
- Colorado Teen Brothers Addicted to Heroin Reach Out for Help [Denver Post]
- Drunk Man Rushes US Airways Cockpit With Lighter [Daily Mail]
- Michigan Man's Seventh DUI Is on Stolen Motorized Wheelchair [KSEE24 News]
You can call Marc Jacobs a former drug addict. Just don't call him fat. The fashion designer opened up to Interview magazine about the heroin addiction that saw him go to rehab in 1999, and again in 2007 after a relapse, but he seemed most offended by the rumors that he became overweight while he was on drugs. "That was the stupidest thing I ever heard because first of all I was never a fat heroin addict," Jacobs says. "I was a skinny heroin addict, and I got over that luckily…I was fat when I stopped doing drugs, not fat while I was doing drugs. I don't know anyone who's fat when they're doing drugs." It seems like Jacobs took the words to heart, as he developed a ripped physique and added a few tattoos after his second stint in rehab. But even though he's been able to kick heroin, Jacobs hasn't been able to stop smoking—and doesn't seem to have any interest in quitting. He says that smoking is "the best," and combined with sleeping, is one of his "favorite things."
In a British spat with wide-reaching ramifications, David Nutt, a high-profile and outspoken UK drug expert, has called out the British Lung Foundation's recent assertion that an average joint is as carcinogenic as 20 cigarettes. “Scaremongering over cannabis does not equip the public to make wiser choices,” he writes in a letter published in the London Metro. “Neither does making tobacco look safer with this false comparison.” He also notes that the study cited by the BLF has been accused of “incorrect methodology” and “false reasoning,” and that other studies have not connected cannabis with lung cancer. Nutt, who is currently Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London, is no stranger to controversy. He was sacked from his position on the UK government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in 2009, after publicly criticizing drug policies that he felt classified substances wrongly considering their respective levels of danger. Ever since, he has spoken out against government scapegoating and scaremongering over drugs; he's called for the legalization of psychedelics to assist neuroscience, and has proposed legal avenues for club-goers to test their ecstasy for toxic impurities. He clearly feels the BLF's report was just more of the same ignorance. "The best evidence-based advice to help cannabis smokers look after their lungs," he writes, "would be to abandon the peculiar British habit of mixing cannabis with tobacco."
Calculating a tip while sober can be taxing enough for some of us—but for those who like a challenge, there's always calculating a tip after a night at the bar. Closing a bar tab with a credit card is a delicate art that requires math, empathy and penmanship. And if the Close Your Tabs blog is any indication, things don't always come together as a drinker might wish. Each photo posted on the daily blog showcases yet another bar patron's drunken liberties with numbers and writing. Most demonstrate failures to add properly, and some even subvert our expectations with totals that shrink after the tip is added. Some are reminiscent of Jackson Pollock's finest works. Others are incredibly simple, although their meanings may remain elusive. After all, it's tricky to comprehend artists' intentions when the artists themselves are barely conscious of their own intentions. But every piece does come with a crystal-clear underlying message: try to close out your bar tab before you've had a few too many.
Mexico's most powerful female drug smuggler will be extradited and face drug trafficking charges in the US, judges have ruled. Sandra Avile, known as the "Queen of the Pacific" for leading drug trafficking routes up the Pacific coast from Mexico to California, has been held in Mexico since she was arrested in 2007 for organized crime and money laundering. She will now face charges in the US for smuggling 220 lbs of cocaine into Chicago between June and September 2001. The queen-pin allegedly helped build one of Mexico's leading drug cartels—the Sinaloa cartel—with Mexico's most wanted drug criminal, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman. A power-struggle between the Sinaloa cartel and rival gang Las Zetas has resulted in numerous gruesome murders in recent years—adding to a death toll from the Mexican drug war that is thought to have reached 55,000 over the past six years. Avile's uncle Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo is known as the "godfather" of the Mexican drug trade; he's currently serving 40 years for drug trafficking and the murder of a DEA agent in 1985.
Could this be the addiction fundraiser of the century? Wrestlers are sizing up each others' muscles and mustaches today at the Rivertree Christian Church in Stark County, Ohio; they're going mano-a-mano not just with each other but with opiate addiction. Proceeds of the first annual Dustin Batdorff Invitational: “Dropkick the Addiction,” will benefit drug awareness and education as well as the SOLACE group (Surviving Our Loss and Continuing Everyday), an organization dedicated to the family and friends of opiate addicts and OD victims. The event was inspired by tragedy: wrestler Anthony Batdorff, who goes by the name "Juice Jennings" and will be in the ring, organized the whole thing in memory of his younger brother, Dustin Batdorff, who died of a heroin overdose the weekend before he was scheduled to go to rehab last September. “I’d like to think he’d really get a kick out of this,” says Batdorff. He asked for the help of his family church to provide a location for the professional wresting event. The unorthodox venue is large enough to hold a ring, large-screen TVs and seating for up to 1200 spectators. With plenty of hype surrounding the rumble, the goal is to draw a crowd of at least 1000. And wrestling enthusiasts are anticipating the answer to a big question: who has the largest mustache, Jeremy “The Butcher” Madrox or Megastar Marion Fontaine?