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The Daily Buzz: July 3, 2014


Scientists seek a way to "cure" addicts' brains; former New Mexico governor plans to build the "Microsoft of pot;" and singer Nicole Scherzinger says her story shows recovery from bulimia is possible.

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Scientists Believe a “Cure” for Addiction Is Possible
Researchers at Brigham Young University say that addiction occurs when the brain “overcorrects” itself, and are searching for a way to reverse this process and return addicts’ brains to a “relatively normal state.”

Reputed Drug Cartel Boss Nabbed in Mexico
Authorities reportedly apprehended a leader of the Familia Michoacana drug cartel earlier this week in Southern Mexico. Just a few days earlier, 22 were killed in a clash between gunmen and the Mexican military.

Former GOP Governor Plans to Build the “Microsoft of Marijuana”
Get ready for Big Pot. Former Republican governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson is now President and CEO of Nevada-based startup Cannabis Sativa Inc., which he intends to transform in to a mega-company. Their first product is a marijuana-infused lozenge, which Johnson describes as: “rather than a go-to-sleep marijuana, it’s a clean-your-house marijuana.” Words like these might do more to cut teen pot use than any anti-drug PSA.

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Rob Ford Says He’s “Used All Drugs” Except Heroin
The Toronto Mayor, who has returned to office after two months in rehab, proves that you can be sober and still grab headlines. He recently told press he was “born an alcoholic” and has used “every drug you can probably think of,” including crack (of course), but not heroin.

​Photos: Inside a Chinese Internet Addiction Boot Camp
The Chinese government has been cracking down on Internet addiction with detox “camps” where parents can check in their kids to get them offline. But some of these military-style facilities have been accused of abuse and neglect, and two teens have reportedly died as a result. These photos show what it’s like inside; it doesn’t look fun.

Singer Nicole Scherzinger Says Recovery From Bulimia Is Possible
The Pussycat Dolls singer talks about her battle with “paralyzing disease” bulimia in her 20s, during the height of the band’s fame. “It was my drug, my addiction. It’s an endless vicious cycle,” she says. But she did put an end to it—and wants to let others know that this is possible. “You can recover and you can get rid of it forever,” she says. “I did it and that’s why it’s so important for me to share my story. I felt so alone… but I made myself so alone. You hide it from the world, you isolate yourself. But you can beat it—do not give up.”

Image credit: By Toglenn (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons