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The Daily Buzz: December 1, 2014


World AIDS Day is today; naloxone is getting much more expensive; and Lars von Trier worries about how his sobriety will impact his movies.

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Today Is the 26th World AIDS Day
People across the globe are today mobilizing and showing support for the estimated 34 million people living with HIV, as well as honoring the millions more who have died from AIDS. Harm reduction tools and treatment options for people who use drugs are vital elements in the prevention of HIV transmissions.

Nalxone, the Drug That Stops Heroin Deaths, Is Rising in Costs
Naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of a heroin or opioid painkiller overdose, is increasingly accepted as a vital tool to save lives—even by police departments. But prices are spiking, by 50% or more, making it difficult for police to afford to stock up.

E-Cigs Are 10 Times More Cancerous Than Regular Cigarettes, Say Scientists
Bad news for vape-lovers: Scientists in Japan apparently found carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in several types of e-cig vapor. They claim the electronic devices, which have been heralded as a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking, actually contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing agents as regular cigarettes. Really?

Beijing Bans Indoor Smoking, as China Begins Crackdown on Tobacco
Chinese lawmakers passed a ban on indoor smoking in the country’s capital, to take effect in the spring. The new rule is a major step in China’s crackdown on tobacco, which kills approximately a million citizens each year.

Lars von Trier: “I Was Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol”
The Danish director (of notable films such as the sex-addiction flick Nymphomaniac) says he is recently sober and attending AA meetings, but worries that sobriety will negatively impact his work. Von Trier, 58, says that a bottle of vodka a day helped him enter a “parallel world” necessary for creative expression and that being sober might mean he can only produce “shitty films.”