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Morning Roundup: April 18, 2014

By Shawn Dwyer

'Edward Cocaine' arrested for possession, pot biz in CO will fire employees for toking up, London tube driver drunk, and DEA makes big heroin bust. MORE  

Anti-Anxiety Drugs and Sleeping Pills Linked to Increased Risk of Death

By Victoria Kim

Researchers warned doctors to exercise more caution in prescribing drugs like Xanax and Ambien, the side effects of which they said are "significant and dangerous." MORE  

SeaWorld's Killer Whales Are Taking Benzos

By Bryan Le

Sea World admits to drugging their orcas with psychotropics - for their own good, apparently. MORE  

Justin Bieber Admits Using Xanax Illegally

By McCarton Ackerman

The much-maligned pop star continued his slide toward oblivion when he admitted to abusing the anxiety drug during a four-hour deposition. MORE  

'Candy Man' Drug Doctor Faces New Suit For Overprescribing Pain Meds

By Paul Gaita

Doctor Julio Diaz was previously arrested in 2012 following a DEA investigation into the fatal overdose deaths of 11 patients. MORE  

Justin Bieber's BFF Lil Za Arrested Twice In One Day

By McCarton Ackerman

Bieber's live-in pal was arrested at the pop star's Calabasas pad after L.A. County Sheriffs rolled up with a felony search warrant following an egg-throwing incident. MORE  

Rx Drug Thieves Target Open Houses

By Ben Feuerherd

Thieves posing as potential buyers are stealing prescriptions from homes, the DEA warns. MORE  

Did Michael Lohan Intervene on "Octomom"?

By Anna David

Lohan claims he helped the mother of eight get into treatment; she says not. Insiders tell The Fix that Lohan gives recovery "a bad name." MORE  

Final Report on Whitney Houston's Death Released

By Valerie Tejeda

A cocaine-induced seizure seems the main culprit, possibly combined with withdrawal from alcohol and Xanax. MORE  

Addiction on Wall Street

By Kevin Gray

High-profile, cocaine-fueled meltdowns are old hat on Wall Street. The truth is, finance is more haunted than ever by addiction, compulsions and eating disorders. Here's why. MORE  

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