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The Daily Buzz: August 28, 2014


Heroin deaths rise in NYC, especially among rich, white men; the US government seeks to amp up its marijuana research; and scientists say genetic factors greatly influence the intensity of your hangover.

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Heroin Deaths Way Up in New York City, Especially Among Rich, White Men

The New York Times reports that overdose deaths caused by heroin are at their highest levels in a decade, having more than doubled in the past three years. And there’s also been a demographic shift: Out of 782 overdoses in 2013, 420 were reportedly from heroin, “hitting hardest among white and higher-income New Yorkers but also spiking with older Hispanic users in the Bronx.”

The Government Could Be Majorly Amping Up Marijuana Research
According to its website, the US National Institutes of Health is looking to purchase 12 acres of marijuana, a 1,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse to “test the plants under controlled conditions,” and is looking to hire people to help “harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute” 400-700 kg of pot. This is most likely for research purposes.

Possible Life Sentence Dropped in Texas Man’s Pot Brownies Case
Jacob Lovaro, 19, is no longer facing possible life in prison for baking brownies with hash oil and selling them at school, since prosecutors dropped the initial first-degree felony drug charge against him. But he could still face up to 20 years behind bars.

Hungover? Blame your parents. Photo via Shutterstock

Hungover? Blame your parents. Photo via Shutterstock

Eating Disorders Rise Among Normal-Weight Teens
Researchers have reported a nearly six-fold increase in teen patients who meet all the criteria of anorexia except for being underweight. This falls under the umbrella of EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). Though not as well-known as anorexia and bulimia, EDNOS may be the most common eating disorder. Here’s one person’s story.

Your Hangover Is About 50% Genetic
A new study finds that your genetic makeup is a little below 50% responsible for your likelihood of getting a hangover. But you can’t blame your morning-after misery entirely on your parents—the other half comes from outside factors, like how quickly you drink, whether you eat while drinking and your alcohol tolerance.