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10/11/12 4:26pm

Jenny McCarthy Kicked Vicodin

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The latest Hollywood voice to chime in with a confession of a drug addiction from times-gone-by is model and actress Jenny McCarthy. In her upcoming autobiography, Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic, McCarthy says she once got hooked on Vicodin—taking up to 10 pills a day. "Trying to come off of it was awful. The detox was crazy bad," says McCarthy, although she opted not to go to rehab and detoxed on her own. "You just get off of them, sweating and freezing." The former "playmate" was apparently not the only of the ladies at the Playboy mansion to entertain a desire for drugs. "Holding up drugs in front of a group of Playmates was like holding up an arm to a cannibal tribe," she writes, recalling a time they were given Ecstasy tablets after a photo shoot. "We jumped on the box fighting to get as many little white capsules as possible. Instead of saving some for later, we all pounded at least five at once." In an interview with Access Hollywood, McCarthy claims this chapter is an "anti-drug chapter," because the consequences of the ecstasy binge resulted in—among other things—a sexual tryst with a tree.

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By Jennifer Blue

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10/11/12 3:31pm

Is "Annihilation" Upon Us?

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It's like a game of whack-a-mole: every time the law cracks down on one synthetic drug, street chemists seem to bounce back with a new strain. The latest of these "legal highs," known as "Annihilation," has been banned in the UK after landing nine people in the hospital there in the last three months. "This is a catch-up exercise. It is an example of how fast-moving this field is," says Professor Les Iversen, the chairman of the British government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). "In three years' time we shall need to do something similar again." Authorities claim this "particularly potent" new synthetic cannabinoid, which imitates the effects of marijuana, can induce a range of horrors, including: paranoia, aggression, increased heart rate, unconsciousness, self-harming and numbness of the legs that causes users to fall down. Some researchers disagree, saying the stuff is weak at normal doses; however, since the drug causes such a slight buzz at first, users may be at a heightened risk of accidental overdose. Like other "designer" drugs like "bath salts," "spice" and "smiles"—all of which have been banned in the US—Annihilation's hazardousness relates to its unpredictability. Treatment expert Dr. Harris Straytener has cautioned that consuming such untested, unregulated compounds not authorized for human consumption is "like playing Russian roulette," likening it to ingesting "arsenic or rat poison."

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By Bryan Le

Drunk Drivers

10/11/12 2:08pm

A Drunk Dude Finds His Car—Two Years Later

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It's a tale two years in the making: a man and his car have been reunited against all odds. A then-33-year-old craftsman woke up back in December 2010 with a bad case of parking amnesia—likely incurred as a result of some hardcore partying in Munich, Germany, the night before. After an unsuccessful search of the town and his own mind for a trace of his wheels, he finally gave up and reported the vehicle missing. Two years later, the man's luck shifted gears when a traffic warden, noticing a vehicle with expired inspection stickers, found the lost car—2.5 miles from where the craftsman thought he parked it. "The weird thing is that it turned up so far away, although the owner was pretty sure of where he had left it," says police spokesman Alexander Lorenz. In addition to his ride, the craftsman has recovered 40,000 euros ($51,600 USD) worth of tools, which had been stashed in the trunk.

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By Bryan Le

Jane Says

10/11/12 1:01pm

Why Addiction Should Be the Debate

Reader's Question: Do you agree that our presidential candidates should talk more (or, at all!) about addiction and drug policy, given how important it is?

[Jane is now exclusively answering your questions about addiction, recovery and the like. Send your questions to janevelezmitchell@thefix.com.]

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By Jane Velez-Mitchell

forced Rehab

10/11/12 12:07pm

Vietnam Frees Sex Workers From Rehab

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About 900 sex workers will be free to return to their homes in July 2013 after having been forced into compulsory rehab under Vietnamese law. "This is a big change of view on how to deal with prostitution," says Le Duc Hien, deputy head of the government's department for social vices prevention. "However, it does not mean we officially recognize prostitution.” Compulsory rehab was initially intended to help crack down on prostitution in a country that is home to an estimated 30,000 sex workers. Back in July the books were changed so that those nabbed by authorities would no longer be funneled into drug rehabs, but instead slapped with a fine of 5 million dong ($240 USD). And now, the country is getting around to freeing the hundreds of individuals they had been keeping in lockdown. No word yet on whether these newly-liberated sex workers ever staged a kitchen knife-driven breakout to escape beatings and slave labor like their drug-addict counterparts—for whom compulsory rehab will remain standard.

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By Bryan Le

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10/11/12 11:11am

Mexican Cartels Now Dominate US Meth Market

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As the US government continues to crack down on American-made methamphetamines, Mexican drug cartels are predictably ramping up their production of the drug to fill the void. Although Mexican-made meth has long contributed to the US market, it now accounts for up to 80% of the meth sold here, according to the DEA. The cartels' tactics mirror those they used with heroin—creating a cheap and highly addictive form of the drug and then funneling it through their marijuana and cocaine supply-lines. The average purity of Mexican meth has risen from 39% in 2007 to 88% in 2011, while the price has actually dropped 70% in the same period—from $290 to $90 per pure gram. "These are sophisticated, high-tech operations in Mexico that are operating with extreme precision," says Jim Shroba, a DEA agent in St. Louis. "They're moving it out the door as fast as they can manufacture it." Cartels are known to give out meth "freebies" while making sales of other drugs: when Illinois authorities recently confiscated 1,000 pounds of Mexican pot, they found 10 pounds of meth hidden in the stash for that purpose. Meth makes around $5 billion in annual export revenue for the cartels—still far behind the estimated $20 billion in heroin and $30 billion in cocaine they make each year. But the fact meth is a synthetic drug, rather than plant-based, increases its potential to skyrocket. "It can be completely produced in Mexico," says Illinois State University criminologist and meth expert Ralph Weisheit. "It's very compact, and that makes it easy to smuggle."

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