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The Daily Buzz: October 30, 2014

Rat study suggests teen binge drinking could cause lasting brain effects; Oregon cops come out in support of legal marijuana; and Mike Tyson says he and Robin Williams were running buddies in recovery.

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Rat Study Suggests Teen Binge Drinking Could Cause Lasting Brain Effects
Heavy drinking in adolescence can cause long-lasting damage to still-developing brain pathways, according to a new study on rats. The booze especially impacted the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for rationality and control.

States Expand Access to Naloxone Since Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death
Sometimes it takes a celebrity death to alert the public to the realities of addiction and help reduce stigma. Case in point: Since beloved actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a drug overdose in February, eight states have passed laws expanding access to naloxone, a lifesaving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. And three more states have passed “Good Samaritan” laws, which allow onlookers to dial 911 without fear of being prosecuted on drug charges.

Cops Come Out in Support of Legal Marijuana in Oregon
A coalition of former law enforcement officials is urging Oregon voters to vote yes on Measure 91 next week, to legalize marijuana.¬†”Treating marijuana as a crime has failed,” said the group in a statement. “Arresting and citing thousands of people in Oregon and elsewhere for marijuana-related crimes is a distraction to law enforcement and a misuse of taxpayer resources.” Hopefully voters will cooperate with the cops on this one.

NYC Halloween Procession Honors People Who Died From Addiction
Volunteers, organized by Rehabs.com and Hugs Not Drugs, will wear decorated skull masks modeled after Dia de los Muertos in NYC’s annual Village Halloween Parade tomorrow. Each mask will represent a person who died from addiction. All are welcome to join or donate.

Mike Tyson and Robin Williams Were Running Buddies in Recovery
In an interview with Howard Stern, the former boxer said he had attended 12-step meetings with the late comedian, where they learned that they once had the same drug dealer. Tyson said he identifies with Williams’ struggle: “I’m clean now. But this is a constant fight. Eventually that dark entity’s going to knock on the door.”