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The Daily Buzz: March 28, 2014

Massachusetts mayor declares opioid addiction emergency; legalizing marijuana may reduce robbery and violent crime; and lead singer of Blur says heroin made him "insanely productive."

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Massachusetts Governor Declares Opioid Addiction a Public Health Emergency
With overdoses rising, Deval Patrick’s administration will dedicate an additional $20 million to increase treatment and recovery services for addicts and their families.

Suspected Members of Zetas Drug Cartel Killed in Mexico
Officials say 10 people killed in gun battle with the police were members of one of the country’s most powerful drug gangs.

Study: Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Reduce Crime
New research shows legalized medical pot may reduce violent crime, including homicide, rape, robbery, and auto theft.  However, it may drive up roommate-on-roommate Doritos theft.

Heroin has “freed” him.

How Do You Kick Junk-food Addiction?
Speaking of Doritos: Here are some steps to wean yourself off unhealthy salty, fatty and sugary foods, and prevent further cravings.

The Drugging of the American Boy
Nearly 20% of American boys are diagnosed with ADHD by the time they reach high school and millions are prescribed stimulants. Is this really a good move?

Blur Singer Damon Albarn Reminisces Fondly About Heroin
It’s customary for recovering celebs to describe their “struggles” or “battles” with addiction, but the former Blur frontman recalls his addiction through a softer lens. Though now clean for many years, he says heroin once “freed” him and made him “incredibly productive.”

Image credit: By Bill Ebbesen (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons