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The Daily Buzz: July 23, 2014

Peaches Geldof's death ruled to have been caused by a heroin overdose; Oregon could soon legalize marijuana; and a new portable device tests drinks for date rape drugs.

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Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof

Coroner: Peaches Geldof Died From a Heroin Overdose
A coroner has confirmed that 25-year-old Geldof’s death back in April was caused by a heroin overdose. She had been taking methadone for the previous two and a half years. The heroin found in her house was more than twice as pure as typical “street” heroin.

Oregon to Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November
Oregon could soon become the third US state with legal marijuana. A measure to legalize and regulate pot for recreational users over the age of 21 (like in Washington and Colorado) has received enough signatures to be included on the ballot in November. And it seems likely to pass, with a recent poll showing 57% of voters in favor.

Study: Rise and Fall in Heroin Use Coincides With Crime Trends
According to researchers from England, the country’s heroin epidemic in the ’80s and ’90s was a “driving factor” in ¬†higher crime levels, which have since declined.¬†They argue that a focus on reducing heroin and crack use could help further decrease crime, even while use of drugs like weed, “legal highs,” powder cocaine and ecstasy remains high.

Seattle’s First Purchase of Legal Weed Donated to Museum
Seattle’s very first purchase of legal, recreational marijuana will now have its place in history, thanks to 65-year-old Deb Greene, who waited all night to be first in line when the first legal pot store opened its doors on July 8. Greene has donated two of the eight grams she bought that day to the city’s Museum of History and Industry, along with the T-shirt she was wearing. And the book she was reading while in line.

Tiny Gadget Will Test Your Drink for Date Rape Drugs
A new tiny device, when dipped in a drink, will blink red if it detects that the drink was spiked. The creators of the device are trying to raise $100,000 on Indigogo to fund the project.

Image credit: By Dell Inc. (Flickr [1]) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons