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The Daily Buzz: May 21, 2014

New York City is a "heroin hub" as East Coast demand for the drug rises; the NFL is accused of illegally giving players strong painkillers to keep them on the field; and Channing Tatum says he's a "high-functioning" alcoholic.

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New York Is a Hub in a Surging Heroin Trade
There is apparently more heroin coming into and going out of New York City than in over two decades. And law enforcement officials say “bigger players” are now entering the market as East Coast demand for heroin rises.

The Global Meth Problem Is Worse Than Ever
In more ominous news: Growing demand for drugs in Asia is driving up the world’s production of methamphetamine, says the UN. Meth seizures in the region have tripled in five years, reaching record levels.

E-Cigs Take the Lead in Helping Smokers Quit
Well, uh, at least more people are quitting smoking? Vaporized e-cigarettes, which are exploding in popularity (and sometimes actually exploding), are beating out other smoking cessation products like nicotine gum and the patch, according to a new study.

Did the NFL Illegally Supply Players With Painkillers to Mask Injuries?
A group of retired players has accused the NFL of supplying them with powerful painkillers to keep them in the game, to the detriment of their long-term health.

Channing Tatum Says He’s a “Pretty High-Functioning Alcoholic”
“There’s probably a tendency to escape,” the Magic Mike star says of his drinking. “I equate it to creativity, and I definitely equate it to having a good time.” Stars! They’re just like us. But with nicer rehabs.

Interview With Dr. Rainer Krähenmann About New Psilocybin Research
New research from Zürich, Switzerland, found that psilocybin (the psychedelic compound found in “magic” mushrooms) was able to block negative emotions from forming in the brain. The findings are one-step closer to psilocybin being used to treat depression. Goodbye Prozac, hello ‘shrooms!?

Kickstarter Hopes to Help Free Drug-Offenders With Life Sentences
Locked Up: Mandatory Life without Parole is a proposed documentary project aiming to help obtain freedom for six featured individuals, all of whom are imprisoned for life on non-violent drug charges. There are at least 2,000 others like them in the US, locked up since the ’70s.