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The Daily Buzz: June 24, 2014


US Defense Department says military men and women should be allowed to smoke; Mexican drug cartels lure kids across the border as drug mules; and Demi Lovato speaks about her progress, three years into recovery.

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Should the Military Crack Down on Smoking Among Service Members?
Defense officials are speaking out against possible congressional efforts to limit—or even ban—men and women in the military from smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products. Because while serving at the front lines is probably not the best time to have to go through nicotine withdrawal.

Mexican Drug Cartels Responsible for More Kids Being Held at the Border
They don’t just traffic drugs. Mexico’s brutal cartels may be responsible for a “crisis” of underage illegal immigrants being held near the border in detention centers. Agents suspect the gangs are luring young people in to becoming drug mules by promising them a pathway to the US.

Study: More Drivers Testing Positive for Prescription Drugs
In case you needed more proof that prescription drug misuse is a huge problem in this country, drivers who test positive for drugs are nearly twice as likely than in the past to have used prescription drugs and multiple drugs at once, according to a new study.

New Webite Wikileaf Is the “Priceline of Pot”
Medical marijuana patients on a budget can now ensure a better deal by comparing pot costs at 1,100 dispensaries in six states, thanks to a new website in the style of Priceline or Orbitz. Wikileaf users set the amount of money they’re willing to pay and how many miles they are willing to travel for their weed; e.g. “zero dollars, my living room.” (This one may yield limited results)

Singer Demi Lovato Talks About Her Progress Since Rehab
The 21-year-old singer, who was treated for an eating disorder, alcoholism and drug addiction in 2011, continues to speak candidly about her mental health struggles and her recovery. “Since I went to treatment, there have been days when it’s felt really easy, and I’ve felt great about where I am. But then I have moments when it’s not. That’s life,” she tells Seventeen. “You can’t just take your mind and your body into the shop and get it fixed. It doesn’t come out repaired. It’s not like a car. It takes time—pace yourself.”