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Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

  In 1999, the bodies of 3 mummified children from the Inca Empire were discovered in a shrine on the summit of Llullaillaco, a volcano at the border of current day Argentina and Chile, their bodies incredibly preserved due to the cold.  Throughout the subsequent years, these Incan mummies have gained international fame, especially the eldest child, dubbed “The Maiden.”  Since their discovery, scientists have been testing their hair and bodies for more information regarding the … Read entire article »

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Fake Drug Checkpoints in Mayfield Heights Spark Controversy

  In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that random checkpoints intended to check for drugs violated the Fourth Amendment (Associated Press). Police in the Mayfield Heights suburb of Cleveland, Ohio skirted around that ruling by setting up fake drug checkpoints along I-271, and despite the fact that the following searches resulted in some arrests and seizures, civil rights advocates and some members of the community are upset over this controversial tactic. The way that these fake drug checkpoints were set up seems specifically designed to trick motorists. Police put up signs along I-271 that warned motorists, “Drug Checkpoint Ahead,” and “Police K9 Dog in Use,” advising motorists to be prepared to stop (Peters). Instead, police proceeded to watch how people reacted to the signs and if they acted in a way … Read entire article »

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A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

  The need for prescription opiate medication (pain medication), such as morphine, may arise for just about anyone.  For most, it serves it purpose post-surgery or post-injury, but for some it is the start to addiction and dependence, and for others, specifically addicts in recovery, it can be the cause of a terrible period of relapse.  Some addicts in recovery, so afraid of the potential danger in opiate therapy, harrowingly opt to treat severe pain post-surgery … Read entire article »

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Boston Mayoral Candidate Proposes Recovery Services Office to Treat Addiction

  There are many problems politicians hope to fix when running for office; candidates in all levels of politics hope to make changes that will help solve societal woes. These “fixes” can range from mental health to public transportation and everywhere in between; but we don’t often see candidates harp on the growing problem of substance addiction in our country. That is, except for Martin Walsh, a mayoral candidate in Boston, who is seeking to make it easier for alcoholics and addicts to receive the help they need; he proposes forming an Office of Recovery Services devoted to helping those in need to navigate the system and get treatment (Ryan). For Walsh, this is not only a political move but a very personal quest. Walsh is a recovering alcoholic with 18 years … Read entire article »

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Were Cavemen ‘Tripping’? New Research Suggests Cavemen took Psychedelic Drugs

Were Cavemen ‘Tripping’? New Research Suggests Cavemen took Psychedelic Drugs

Tens of thousands of years ago, prehistoric humans painted cave walls during spiritual or ritualistic experiences. In various parts of the globe, the geometric patterns that appear in these paintings are strikingly similar. However, there was no way these isolated primitive societies could have communicated with or influenced each other. Scientists are now suggesting that these similarities are no accident – the geometric patterns mimic common neural patterns that people visualize when they take hallucinogenic … Read entire article »

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Man Blames Apple for his Porn Addiction

Man Blames Apple for his Porn Addiction

  For those suffering from porn addiction, it can be incredibly difficult to even admit you have a problem, let alone seek therapy for it. Porn addicts must confront a problem that is personal and embarrassing, not to mention the entire concept of porn addiction is shrouded in shame and stigma. However, a lawyer from, Nashville, TN has gone completely public with his experience of porn addiction. Chris Sevier, 36, is blaming Apple, Inc. for not restricting … Read entire article »

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Another Amanda Bynes Meltdown

Former child actress Amanda Bynes made news again this week after another outlandish stunt. Bynes was taken into custody by Ventura Co. Sheriff’s deputies this week after lighting a fire in front of an old folk’s home in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, CA. Bynes has been in the news a lot this year, but she certainly isn’t picking up any “good press.” Last December she entered into a civil agreement to settle a lawsuit against her after hit-and-run charges were filed. She was also charged with driving on a suspended license, and she actually lost her driver’s license for a while. Then, after being asked to leave a gymnastics’ class for her behavior, she was kicked out of the gym for smoking pot inside the locker room and arrested for … Read entire article »

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Former MVP Ryan Braun Suspended After Steroid Use

The “Hebrew Hammer” Ryan Braun will be taking the rest of the year off after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs. MLB baseball handed Braun a 65-game suspension, without pay, effective immediately. Braun first tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2011, a few weeks after he won his first Most Valuable Player award. Braun would have been suspended 50 games back then, but he successful appealed the suspension. His attorney raised questions about how the sample he submitted was handled, a technicality, and won the appeal. Braun’s attorney never disputed the test results themselves. Under MLB’s relatively new guidelines for discipline of those who violate the Joint Drug agreement, a first-time suspension is normally 50 games. But due to Braun’s prior suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs, even though it was … Read entire article »

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The New Market for Moonshine

The New Market for Moonshine

  Moonshine – just the word itself tells a story of real Americana, having post-Revolution beginnings with the earliest of American farmers who, rebelling against newly-enforced liquor taxation, literally liquidated their grain and corn into untaxed flowing profit by producing homemade liquor in backyard distilleries – a time known as the Whiskey Rebellion.  Moonshiners had their hay day a century later when the Prohibition period banned all legal liquor, leaving their illegal trade in high demand.  Yet … Read entire article »

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Cory Monteith Dies at 31 From Apparent Drug Overdose

  Cory Monteith made headlines earlier this year after entering rehab for a second time, with the support of his co-star and real life love, Lea Michele. Just a few years prior, Monteith gave interviews in which he candidly addressed his out-of-control past and addiction, noting that he was “lucky to be alive” (Donnelly). Sadly, it seems that the 31-year-old actor succumbed to his addiction once more, and died this past Saturday from an apparent drug overdose (Mandell). Unfortunately, this story is not unique – people just like Cory Monteith die every day from drug overdoses and other drug-related causes. Cory Monteith skyrocketed to fame when he got the role of Finn Hudson on the hit show ‘Glee’. Since then, he had been candid about his struggles with addiction, stating that he’d … Read entire article »

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