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The Daily Buzz: March 14, 2014

UN conference highlights major setbacks in global anti-drug efforts; alcohol use tied to 88,000 US deaths a year; and actor Zac Efron is "totally committed" to sobriety.

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UN Sees Major Setbacks in Global Anti-Drug Efforts
Opium cultivation is at a record high in Afghanistan and Latin American drug-related violence has seen a recent surge, says the director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the opening of a 2-day conference in Vienna to address the global drug problem.

Alcohol Use Linked to About 88,000 US Deaths a Year
Drunk driving is one of over 50 different causes of death related to drinking, which wipe out an estimated 2.5 million years of potential life each year. Yikes.

Are Conservatives Coming Around On Pot?
A poll of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) found that 62% endorsed some form of pot legalization. Looks like younger Republicans are a little more pro-pot than their GOP forefathers.

Cancún Remains Top Spring Break Destination Despite Drug War Violence
Tens of thousands of college students hit the Mexican beaches each year, even though many universities have warned them to avoid the crime-ridden country.

Zac Efron’s Life “Looks Different” After Rehab
The young actor doesn’t drink or use drugs anymore, so that makes sense.

Colorado Schools Claim Spike in Applications Not Related to Marijuana Legalization
Because teens hate pot, and college is for studying. Okay, Colorado. They love you for you.