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The Daily Buzz: June 5, 2014

Middle-aged women are drinking more than younger women; Chicago sues big drug companies for enabling opioid addiction in order to turn a profit; and Slash says upcoming tour with Aerosmith will more sober than back in the day.

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Iran Tries to Block Afghanistan’s Opium Boom
With Afghanistan’s opium trade booming, neighboring Iran spent more than $26 million last year alone to protect their borders from smuggling by building moats and walls and other “major operations.”

Study: Middle-Aged Women Are Boozing the Most
A new study out of Australia suggests that middle-aged women actually drink more than their twenty something counterparts. But rather than downing a bunch of Jell-O shots on saturday night, they spread out their intake throughout the week—consuming around 2 drinks a night. But 13% in the 45 to 59 age group average more than two drinks a day, which buzzkills—err, doctors—say can cause health problems.

Chicago Accuses Drug Companies of Pushing Opioids
Chicago has sued Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and four other drug companies for allegedly pushing consumer use of opioid painkillers in order to drive up costs, while contributing to the nation’s rising opioid epidemic.

Slash and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

Slash and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Photo via

Gwar Frontman David Brockie Died of Accidental Heroin Overdose
The frontman for the costume-clad “extraterrestrial” metal band died from “acute heroin toxicity and the manner of death is accident,” said the coroner’s report.

Slash Anticipates Tour With Aerosmith Will Be Sober
The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, who is set to tour the globe with his band the Conspirators and Aerosmith this summer, says things will be a lot calmer than back in the bands’ boozy, hard-partying days. Since members of both bands have gotten sober in recent years, the backstage scene “will probably just be getting ready for and doing the gig, and any superfluous stuff is whatever,” said Slash. “Superfluous stuff” with Steven Tyler and Slash still sounds pretty wild.