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The Daily Buzz: May 19, 2014

Media become more "sympathetic" to heroin addiction as it spreads to the suburbs; New York raises minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21; and Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley hospitalized for alcohol use, shares photos online.

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Rock bottom selfie. Photo via

Rock bottom selfie. Photo via

Heroin Use in Suburbia Has Changed How Media Covers Addiction
News coverage has been adopting a more “sympathetic tone” towards drug addiction now that the epidemic is spreading outside urban environments. Could it be because the communities getting hit the hardest are now often white and affluent?

Drug Cartel Members Swap Sides in Mexico
José ­Santiago Valencia Sandoval—profiled in this article—is a former cartel member who jumped ship and joined with the self-defense militia now fighting against the cartels. Switching sides in the drug war is not that uncommon.

New York Raises Minimum Age to Buy Cigarettes to 21
The new law, which took effect Sunday, is the latest in the state’s ongoing efforts to crack down on smoking. Add that to a recent ban on e-cigarettes in public, and the highest cigarette taxes in the country. OKAY FINE, we’ll quit.

Sum 41′s Deryck Whibley Hospitalized for Alcoholism
The rocker has been open about his month-long alcohol-induced hospitalization and years-long substance use, writing about the ordeal on his website in a posted titled “Rock Bottom”. “If I have one drink the docs say I will die,” he wrote.

Portland Store Owner Calls 911 on Overdose, But Asks Them to Not Send Police
After a man OD’d in the bathroom of a vegan restaurant, the owner requested that no cops show up along with the first responders, because of his “fundamental disagreement with police.” The cops showed up anyways—hey, some of ‘em can be very helpful in these situations. Luckily no arrests were made.