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The Daily Buzz: January 8, 2014

US aims to reduce imported meth from Mexico; study predicts painkiller overdose deaths will peak in 2016; and Anne Hathaway says she finally quit her "disgusting" smoking habit.

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US Aims to Slow Meth Imports From Mexico
During a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto this week, the White House made it a priority to discuss security of the southern US border following news that meth imports from Mexico skyrocketed last year. San Diego border patrol recently announced that methamphetamine seizures increased by a whopping 43% in 2014.

Study: Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths May Peak Soon
A group of Columbia University professors have predicted that the rate of prescription drug overdoses per year in the US will peak in 2017 at 16.1 deaths per 100,000 people. The study went on to suggest that rates will, however, drop much lower by 2034. The analysis is based on something called Farr’s Law, which postulates that an “epidemic” generally follows a symmetrical curve.

Legal Marijuana Price Drops 40% in Washington State
A legal weed shortage in Washington this summer drove the price of pot up to as much as $25 a gram, including a tax rate of 44%. But stores are now stocking up enough to meet demand, and prices have dropped to about $15 a gram. Black market pot is still much cheaper at $10 a gram.

Florida Man Wearing “Who Needs Drugs?” Shirt Busted With… Drugs
John Balmer, 50, of Florida was wearing a shirt that read “Who needs drugs? No, seriously, I have drugs” in a KMart in Florida when the cops walked in. He reportedly tried to hand his stash to a fellow shopper, who refused, before he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. It’s unclear whether Balmer’s shirt was marketing for his drug dealing business, or just part of a commitment to honesty.

Anne Hathaway Talks About Quitting Her “Disgusting” Smoking Habit
In a new interview, actress Anne Hathaway says she picked up her “disgusting” smoking habit while playing an addict in Rachel Getting Married. The Oscar winner says she quit several years later, relapsed, and has since quit again. But though she hopes to stay tobacco free, she has no problem with E-Cigs, declaring: “I don’t judge the vape.” The vape must be thrilled.