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The Daily Buzz: July 1, 2014

Study challenges "one size fits all" method of addiction drug treatments; US agents accused of getting involved on the "wrong" side of the drug war in Mexico; and Robert Downey Jr. says his son has "likely inherited" his addiction gene.

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Effectiveness of Treatment Depends on “Phases” of Addiction
Currently, doctors generally prescribe meds for drug addicts using a “one-size-fits-all” method, regardless of the extent of a patient’s addiction. But a new study, on cocaine-addicted rats, suggests that addicts go through “phases” and treatment will be more or less effective depending on the stage of their addiction and recovery.

Did US Agents Help Fuel the Juárez Drug Wars?
According to the Daily Beast, there are “numerous allegations” that US federal agencies involved in Mexico’s drug war in border city Juarez ended up helping the drug cartels they were supposed to be fighting against. One such allegation suggests that the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) gave visas to its informants in the Sinaloa cartel in 2007 and 2008, allowing them easy entry to the US with “major” shipments of cocaine.

Combat Vets Three Times as Likely to Use Prescription Painkillers
US troops coming out of combat are more than three times as likely as civilians to use prescription narcotics; and more than 44% of service members complain of chronic pain lasting longer than three months, according to new research.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Returns to Office After Rehab
The Canadian politician was “deeply apologetic” as he returned to City Hall after eight weeks in intensive treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction. “It was never, never my intention to embarrass the city or offend my fellow members of Council,” he said, “I deeply, deeply regret some of the choices I have made in the past.” He acknowledged addiction is a “disease” and said he is committed to staying sober.

Robert Downey Jr Says His Son Has “Likely Inherited” His Addiction Gene
The actor, who is in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, said he hopes his son, Indio Falconer Downey, will “be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale.” Downey, 20, was arrested for cocaine possession over the weekend and has been released on bail. “Unfortunately there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it,” said Downey Jr, of his son. “We’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being.”