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The Daily Buzz: October 3, 2014

US heroin deaths doubled in two years; booze might harm men's sperm; and Nicole Scherzinger releases a song about her eating disorder.

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Heroin Overdose Deaths Have Doubled in the US
Deaths attributed to heroin overdose doubled in just two years (between 2010 to 2012), said the CDC this week. Despite the increase, overdose deaths linked with Rx opioids still outnumber those linked with heroin by about two-to-one.

Could New Pill Help Heavy Drinkers Reduce Alcohol Consumption?
In the UK, drinkers who imbibe more than the recommended amount (more than half a bottle of wine or three pints of beer per night) will soon become eligible for a “life-saving” pill called Nalmaefene. Experts claim the new doctor-prescribed pill could save as many as 1,854 lives over five years and prevent 43,074 alcohol-related diseases and injuries.

“Cloud 9″: Mystery Drug With Catchy Name Inspires Widespread Panic
Are you and your kids safe from “Cloud-9″? Probably. According to an NBC report this week, this “dangerous new synthetic drug” has been turning up in high schools, and “has sent almost two dozen young people to the hospital this year in Michigan alone.” Also, it’s “legal, unregulated and readily available at convenience stores.” But as this Forbes article finds after extensive research, nobody related to the widely-reported story has a clue what the drug actually is, or whether or not it’s actually “deadly.” Time to release the family from the underground bunker, again.

Dudes: Too Much Booze May Harm Your Sperm
In news that could stop even the most raucous frat party in its tracks, a study finds that increased alcohol consumption may lower young men’s sperm count and quality. Researchers found that alcohol can have an impact on sperm even in men who consume as little as five drinks a week! No problem, just switch to pot, right? Unfortunately,  maybe not.

Nicole Scherzinger Releases Song “Big Fat Lie” About Her Eating Disorder
The former Pussycat Dolls singer says a song on her new solo album is partially about her bulimia and the experience of talking about it publicly. “[I have been] battling with an eating disorder for many years and recently, in the past few years, it’s come out and people were talking to me about that,” she says. “[That fight] is a big part of who I am and what has gotten me here. And what has gotten me to this place of strength.” She adds: “I think we all have our own big fat lies.” True.