Heather Locklear: Not Going Back to Rehab [People]
Actress Heather Locklear was rushed to the hospital several weeks ago following an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, but despite reports that she’s headed back to treatment, she’s instead choosing to pursue recovery “under a doctor’s care.” Here’s hoping the doctor is qualified—after years of struggling with mental health issues, Locklear could certainly use a break.
Social Network Actor Armie Hammer Arrested for Marijuana Possession [TMZ]
Armie Hammer is best known for playing the scheming Winkelvoss twins in The Social Network—and now, for getting arrested for possession of marijuana baked goods—three cookies and one brownie, to be precise—in Texas. Fortunately for Hammer, cops snapped the handsomest mug shot since—well, since last week’s Kasey Kahl arrest.
Pat Sajak and Vanna White: Partying Hard During Wheel of Fortune [Chicago Tribune]
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak says that he and his letter-turning sidekick Vanna White stayed busy during lengthy downtime on set the only way they knew how: By pounding margaritas. "Vanna and I would go across [the street] and have two, or three or six,” Sajak explained. “And then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet.”
Demi Moore’s Hospitalization Prompts Endless Speculation [Gawker]
When an A-lister like Demi Moore is hospitalized for substance abuse—and reportedly replaced by Mary-Louise Parker in the upcoming movie Lovelace—there’s bound to be speculation. So far, the litany of charges includes nitrous oxide abuse, Adderall addiction, a cocaine habit, too many energy drinks, grinding with 27-year-old C-list actors, anorexia and Ashton Kutcher-related depression. Her rep is sticking with “exhaustion.” Others, such as Dr. Drew, remain unconvinced.
Thirty pounds of cocaine were seized at the UN’s mail center in New York last week. Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says the drug was in a white bag masquerading as a diplomatic pouch and stamped with a version of the UN logo: pouches bearing the UN logo aren't meant to be inspected in the mail center. However, this forged example lacked the normally printed words "United Nations" and "Diplomatic Mail," prompting suspicion and further investigation. The coke was found stashed in bags hidden inside 14 hollowed-out notebooks. The DHL shipment came from Mexico City via Cincinnati, and unsurprisingly bore no return address."There is nothing to indicate that this had anything to do with anybody at the United Nations," says Gregory B. Starr, UN undersecretary-general for safety and security.
After receiving treatment for substance abuse and “serious issues,” Kim Richards is returning to TV on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion special. In her first televised appearance since leaving rehab, she sat down with Watch What Happens host Andy Cohen for a separate one-on-one interview, to be aired February 13. Asked by Cohen why she went to rehab, Richards admits for the first time to having a substance abuse problem and says, "I'm an alcoholic...I'm an alcoholic." The 47-year-old checked into rehab back in December after some odd behavior on last season's Housewives, prompting plenty of speculation. She's since finished inpatient therapy, and is now seeking outpatient therapy in Los Angeles and said to be doing well. "She's really strong right now, happy," says her sister Kyle Richards. "She's looking forward to moving on in her life." The three-part Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion special airs January 30, February 6 and February 13.
- Another Ballot Push To Legalize Marijuana [NY Times]
- Gang Violence Less Related To Drugs Than Previously Thought [LA Times]
- Synthetic Drugs Remain Difficult To Ban [Argus Leader]
- Man Busted At Bus Stop Carrying 1 Mil Worth Of Meth [Siskiyou Daily]
- Delaware Joins Other States In Banning Bath Salts [Post Online]
- International Drug Smuggling Using Hollowed Out Pineapples [Montreal Gazette]
The case of Henry Marin—an LA County sheriff’s deputy who's just been indicted by a grand jury on conspiracy and drug charges for trying to smuggle a burrito stuffed with 24 grams of black tar heroin into a county lockup for inmate Robert Alvarez—may seem unusual. But Marin's just the latest in a string of sheriff’s employees accused of smuggling narcotics to fuel a highly profitable prison drug industry. Marin admitted intending to give the burrito to Alvarez, but said he didn’t know there were drugs inside. He said he'd passed food to Alvarez for a year in exchange for extra sandwiches. “His story that he would risk his job for the promise of a sandwich was ridiculous,” testified former sergeant Victor Lewandowski. Monitored phone calls show that jail leaders—otherwise known as shot callers for the Mexican Mafia—plot in coded language to use sheriff’s guards to get past tight jail security. Heroin and other drugs can be sold for up to 10 times their street value to inmates desperate for a quick fix. But the elaborate sting operation that caught Marin—involving detectives in disguise and a cunning video pen (which didn't work)—indicate law enforcement's serious resolve to tackle the problem.
New Zealanders are being asked to give up booze for the month of February in the name of charity. The FebFast 2012 challenge will see participants sponsored by friends and family to go one month sober, with some of the money raised going to addiction recovery causes. “During the summer months...Kiwis set themselves all sorts of goals like getting in better shape, saving money and being more productive,” says FebFast coordinator Catherine Milburn. “Going without alcohol for 29 days is a great way to kickstart each of these and it may be something many of us haven’t really thought about before.” Star Kiwi rugby player Scott Waldrom is serving as a FebFast ambassador. The four charities benefiting from FebFast are CareNZ Waikato, an addiction treatment and recovery organization; Evolve, a free Wellington service for people aged 10 to 25; the ADHD Association, which educates, supports and advocates for people with ADHD; and Rainbow Youth Auckland, a queer and transgender support organization.