The Daily Buzz: April 14, 2014
More doctors are prescribing opioids to pregnant women; Facebook use may boost eating disorders risk; and Reverend Al Sharpton denies involvement in a 1980s cocaine deal.
Surge in Pregnant Women Being Prescribed Opioid Painkillers
Nearly one-in-four pregnant women (insured by Medicaid) were prescribed opioid painkillers in 2007, new research finds. Pretty surprising, considering that coffee and alcohol are generally discouraged.
Venezuela’s Agony: Weak President, Strong Generals, Riots and Cocaine
A year after former President Chavez’s death, the country faces a slew of problem, including corruption in the increasingly powerful military and a rise in cocaine trafficking.
How Facebook Can Boost Risk of Eating Disorders
A new study finds that women who spend more time on the site have lower body image, putting them at a higher risk for eating disorders. Dislike.
Reverend Al Sharpton Denies Cocaine Accusations
The prominent preacher and radio/talk show host denies claims that he was “eager to be involved” in a lucrative coke deal in the ’80s. If he had done it, he says, he’d have no reason to lie.
Colorado Unveils Its First Marijuana Vending Machine
Dubbed the “ZaZZZ” machine, this high-tech version of everyone’s favorite snack-dispenser is climate-controlled to keep the product fresh, and uses biometrics to verify a customer’s age. It’s meant to be used by medical pot patients only. Good luck with that.