Mexico's government has announced that it's patented a "vaccine" against heroin addiction—apparently, it could be ready for human consumption in five years. Health Minister Salmon Chetorivski says that lab experiments using the drug have been successfully carried out on rats—but the drugs must undergo a "normal development process" before being tested on humans. “We can be very proud of our scientists at the National Institute of Psychiatry because they’ve achieved something that hasn’t been achieved in other areas of the world,” Chetorivski announced during a visit to drug-torn border city Ciudad Juarez. Chertorivski also reports that Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry is also currently working on programs against addictions to cocaine and methamphetamines. Small-scale heroin and cocaine possession is currently legal in Mexico.
All the members of British pop-rock band McFly have reportedly sworn off the sauce in solidarity with 24-year-old band mate Dougie Poynter, who went to rehab last year. “I’m not missing the booze," Poynter tells The Mirror. "I had to give up because I always took it too far. Now I’m clear-headed, I like being hangover-free—I get a lot more achieved." To support their buddy through the trials of staying sober on tour, his band mates Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones and Harry Judd have now vowed to go hangover-free too. McFly rose to fame in 2004 with the hit 5 Colours in Her Hair; they're the youngest band ever to have a debut album at number 1 on the UK Album Chart, breaking a record previously held by The Beatles. The newly abstemious pop stars will begin a clear-eyed tour of the UK in March.
Just two large glasses of a wine a day or two pints of beer a day can triple your risk of mouth cancer according to the UK government, which is launching an ad campaign under its "Change4Life" program, to highlight the dangers of drinking. A campaign survey found 85% of respondents were unaware that drinking more than the recommended limit raises their risk for breast cancer; 65% don't know that drinking increases the risk of bowel cancer, 63% don't realize it raises the risk of pancreatitis and 59% are unaware that excessive drinking increases the chances of mouth, throat and neck cancers. "It's crucial we support people to know about how drinking too much poses risks to their health and how they can take control of their drinking,” says UK health secretary Andrew Lansley. “It can be easy to slip into the habit of having a few extra drinks each day, especially when drinking at home. But there can be serious health risks. Don't let drinking sneak up on you.” Change4Life will also offers an online Drinks Checker to help people keep track of how much alcohol they consume.
After much speculation over whether Demi Moore was opting purely for personal "spiritual counseling," following her recent substance-related hospital dash, it's now confirmed that she checked into Cirque Lodge addiction treatment center in Sundance, Utah. The 49-year-old actress is said to be seeking treatment for addiction issues as well as an eating disorder. According to a source from the rehab, Moore is on "total lockdown" and only in contact with a small group of people at this time. Cirque Lodge has a long list of famous former clients including Mary-Kate Olsen, Lindsay Lohan, and Eva Mendes. Contrary to reports that Ashton Kutcher and Bruce Willis have been visiting Demi at her Los Angeles home, the actress has actually been in Utah for a week. Demi Moore was hospitalized on January 23, after smoking an “incense-like” substance and suffering a mild seizure at her home in Los Angeles.
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- Medical Pot Clubs Under a Cloud as Court Decisions Loom [San Francisco Examiner]
- LA's Quirky Smoking Deaths Billboard [LA Times]
- Texas Rangers' Hamilton Admits to Alcohol Relapse [New York Times]
- Baby Eats Cocaine Found in Motel Room [Wavy.com]
- New App Demonstrates Alcohol's Aging Effect [Press Association]
Kate Middleton made a secret visit yesterday to meet with patients at UK treatment center Clouds House, following her announcement last month that she would help combat drug and alcohol addiction. The center is adjacent to the offices of parent company Action on Addiction, one of the four charities which Middleton supports, and whose headquarters she also spent several hours touring. The visit went unannounced by the Royal Court, reportedly because Middleton wants to gain an in-depth understanding of the charity’s work before she carries out any public engagements to raise its profile. “The Duchess will continue to use her time to get to know people at the charity,” said a spokesman. “You can’t learn everything there is to know in one day.” Middleton is next expected to meet recovering alcoholics on Feb. 14 at the non-alcoholic Brink bar in Liverpool, another Action on Addiction project. The future queen's focus on addiction makes sense, as an estimated one in three Britons will suffer from addiction at some point in their lives.