Are you one of the millions of Americans who will drink excessively to celebrate New Year's Eve? Are you planning on driving to the party? Well, you may be in luck. If you’re a member of AAA, give them a call and they’ll tow your drunken ass home for free. AAA’s complimentary new service, "Tipsy Tow," offers drivers who are no longer legally capable a free tow home at no additional charge. Members need only call a toll-free number (800-222-4357) and a tow truck will be dispatched to wherever their car may be. The only problem? Tipsy Tow is currently available only in Northern California, Texas, Nevada, Utah and parts of northern New England. It doesn't amount to a recommendation to throw caution to the wind, but it beats ringing in the New Year in handcuffs—or worse.
Colorado has become the third state to formally request that the DEA reclassify marijuana as a drug suitable for medicinal use. A letter from Colorado’s Department of Revenue asks for a reclassification of marijuana from a Schedule I to Schedule II, making it legal on a federal level to be prescribed by doctors and sold in pharmacies. "There is a lack of certainty necessary to provide safe access for patients with serious medical conditions," writes Revenue Director Barbara Brohl. Her request follows similar ones from Gov. Chris Gregoire of Washington and Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island earlier this year. Marijuana's current federal classification bans it, ranks it alongside heroin and describes it as having no known medical value.
Sinead O’Connor’s 16-day marriage to her drug counselor, Barry Herridge, ended already after a string of vice-fueled incidents—including a wedding night weed run, which instead yielded a satchel of crack. O’Connor and Herridge wed in Las Vegas on December 8; she dropped him on Christmas Eve for strictly virtuous reasons, citing “the pain he was in.” O’Connor compared her fourth marriage to “living in a coffin.” But she admits she's frightened Herridge on multiple occasions, particularly during their search for weed just three hours after the wedding ceremony: "We ended up in a cab in some place that was quite dangerous. Then I was handed a load of crack. Barry was very frightened—that kind of messed everything up a bit really." Perhaps sensing a conflict of interest between her endeavors and her marriage, O’Connor made her choice: "The whole reason I ended it was out of respect and love for the man."
UK Doctors are increasingly being sued for creating “valium addicts” through "indefensible" long-term prescribing of benzodiazepines. Affected patients are regularly taking legal action, claiming that their doctors fail to follow safety guidelines set over 20 years ago. Patients taken off the drug too quickly are also suing, claiming they weren't told how to detox properly. "There is no sign that such prescribing is diminishing," says Professor Malcolm Lader, a leading researcher on the long-term use of benzodiazepines and their connection to brain damage. "With around a million long-term [UK] users, the [legal] defense unions will at some point decide that these cases are indefensible and GPs will have to pay their own costs." Benzo dependence is equally common in the US, where it's one of the top reasons for entering rehab.
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A 14-year-old Alaskan girl is in critical condition after she was injected with heroin by a 26-year-old man over the holiday weekend. The girl, who was identified as J.D., was rushed to Anchorage area hospital after overdosing, and a 26-year-old named Sean Warner was charged with several felonies in connection with the overdose. Warner allegedly injected the girl with heroin during a party he was hosting because she didn't know how to do it herself. When she slipped unconscious and became unresponsive, Warner, fearing arrest, did not immediately call the police. Instead, he reportedly fed the girl a Suboxone tablet in a misguided attempt to revive her.