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The Daily Buzz: January 16, 2015

How an FBI agent was able to steal heroin evidence for personal use for over a year; treatment system accused of "letting down" people addicted to marijuana; and Stevie Nicks recalls her cocaine days, says she still smokes pot.

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FBI Files Reveal How Addicted Agent Was Able to Get Drugs
Former FBI agent Matthew Lowry worked on a drug task force and stole seized heroin from evidence bags for over a year for his own use. In the process, he sabotaged numerous drug cases, leading to dismissed charges against 28 defendants so far, and possibly 150 more (so at least he did some good). Newly obtained court documents show exactly how he pulled off this elaborate scheme.

Are Marijuana Addicts “Let Down” By Drug Treatment Programs?
People with marijuana addiction are being “let down” by a system that prioritizes treatment of people with addictions to alcohol and “hard” drugs, according to Dr. Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drug Survey. He says marijuana can be as difficult to give up as heroin and “we haven’t invested enough in helping people who use cannabis use more safely—or stop.”

UK Green Lights Drug Testing Device for Drivers
Cracking down on drugged driving has been tricky, due to inadequate technology. But that could soon change. The UK has given the go ahead to a revolutionary new device called “Drugwipe” that can test for cocaine and marijuana within three minutes, and will soon be used along the roadside.

Stevie Nicks Says She’s Years Off Cocaine, But Still Smokes Pot
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, the Fleetwood Mac singer talks about the ’80s when she and her bandmates were “all drug addicts” but she says she was the worst off. “I was a girl, I was fragile, and I was doing a lot of coke,” she recalls. “And I had that hole in my nose. So it was dangerous.” Now cocaine and alcohol-free for years, she says she still smokes some weed while writing: “It’s my one little thing that I can do. I use it as a tool, and I’m very careful, you know?”

Bethenny Frankel Plans to Launch Munchie-Free Marijuana
The reality star behind the “Skinnygirl” empire is continuing on her crusade to keep women thin while selling them products that are normally associated with weight gain (like low-cal booze). Her latest plan, according to “an inside source,” is to launch “a specially engineered strain of pot designed to not give you the munchies.” Those who feared legalization would suck all the fun out of pot, may just have been on to something.