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The Daily Buzz: August 20, 2014

"Fake heroin" acetyl fentanyl sparks concern; weed delivery apps take on legal hurdles; and a man is charged with animal cruelty for drinking a cocktail containing four live fish.

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Is “Fake Heroin” a New Overdose Threat?
Americans hooked on prescription pills and or heroin are increasingly turning to a “highly dangerous” form of “fake” or substitute heroin called acetyl fentanylacetyl fentanyl, according to Vice. The “quasi legal” opioid is apparently five-to-15 times the strength of heroin and is expected to cause a rise in overdoses.

Study: Smoking While Pregnant Can Even Affect Women’s Grandchildren
The consequences of smoking during pregnancy may last more than just one generation. New research finds that children’s growth, bone and muscle mass were impacted by their grandmas‘ smoking habits.

Not a Long Island Iced Tea. Photo via Shutterstock

Not a Long Island Iced Tea. Photo via Shutterstock

Weed Delivery Services Operate in Legal Grey Area
In today’s culture of instant gratification, why not get your weed delivered? New companies like Eaze and Canary are trying to become the Seamless or Uber of pot. But though marijuana is legal for medicinal or recreational use in many states, some complex regulations make home deliveries barely legal–if at all—in most parts of the country. Many of these start-ups are ignoring the red tape anyway.

Man Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty After Drinking Four Fish in Cocktail
Paul Wooding, 33, from the UK was charged for “causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, and for failing to protect the fish” after being prosecuted by the RSPCA for drinking four fish. The stunt was part of Facebook’s “Neknominate” craze which involves people nominating each other for drinking challenges, which they film and post online. Wooding was given 18 months’ probation.

Chinese Businessman Arrested for Selling Booze Spiked With Viagra
In more bad behavior: Chinese authorities have arrested a businessman for selling alcohol spiked with Viagra in a bid to “increase liquor sales and make money fast.” He sold more than 1,000 bottles of the “nutritional and healthy” concoction; he also gave about 800 to friends as “gifts” and kept 30 for personal consumption.