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The Daily Buzz: October 10, 2014

Heroin causes panic even though very few people actually use it; NY's crackdown on E-cigarettes is a backward step; and the NFL's Adrian Peterson could be arrested...for smoking weed.

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Most People Don’t Use Heroin, So Why Is Everyone Freaking Out?
The Washington Post‘s Christopher Ingraham calls out the American public on its “collective freakout” over heroin, considering that the death rate is about 2.1 deaths per 100,000 people. The drug is used only by an estimated one tenth of one percent of all Americans aged 12 and up—so even if its use is rising, this may not be cause for panic. But, this is America, where we love to panic.

Mexico Captures Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, Alleged Juarez Cartel Chief
Juarez, Mexico, is widely known for being a violent place—in part thanks to Fuentes and his infamous, once-powerful drug gang. The 51-year-old kingpin was allegedly detained this week in a “discreet operation” by Mexican police. He was one of the DEA’s most wanted fugitives, with a $5 million reward on his head in the US.

Photo via Shutterstock

Photo via Shutterstock

NY Legislation to Ban Flavored E-Cigs Will Lead to More Smoking
E-cigs catch a lot of flack from elected officials and anti-smoking campaigns for their “potential dangers,” but aren’t they much better than the alternative? “These products are actually helping some people quit or cut back on the much more dangerous alternative of smoking tobacco,” writes Tony Newman of the DPA. He says that the vaporized devices are the latest tools in harm reduction to be targeted by misguided prohibitionist attitudes.

Adrian Peterson Faces Possible Arrest Because He “Smoked a Little Weed”
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, currently suspended from the team on child abuse charges, admitted to court officials that he had “smoked a little weed” and would probably fail a drug test. He now faces a new possible arrest.

“Legal” Marijuana Soda Is Literally Exploding in Washington Pot Shops
A new brand of pot-infused sodas called “Legal” are literally exploding on the shelves, forcing shop employees to wear protective facial gear when handling them. Mirth Provisions, which makes the soda, blames the problem on an unusually high concentration of yeast in the beverages—though, mixing marijuana, caffeine and carbonation does sound explosive.