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The Daily Buzz: September 10, 2014


More pilots killed in plane crashes test positive for drugs; study says teens who smoke pot daily are more likely to drop out of high school; and Robert Downey Jr. talks about his son reaching the "chasm" of addiction.

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Rise in Drug Use Is Found in Pilots Killed in Crashes
The rate that pilots test positive for drugs after dying in plane crashes has quadrupled in two decades, from 9.6% in 1990 to 39% in 2012, according to a study presented Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Most of the drugs detected were prescription or over-the-counter, including sedative antihistamines, Vicodin and Valium. Drugs (legal or illegal) were cited as a factor in 3% of the crashes and 96% of these pilots were flying private planes, not commercial airlines.

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Study: Teens Who Smoke Pot Every Day Are More Likely to Drop Out of High School
As lawmakers are hard at work softening marijuana laws, researchers are hard at work studying potential dangers. The most recent study finds that teens who use marijuana daily before age 17 are 60% less likely to get a high school diploma than those who’ve never tried it.

Arrests Made in Connection to NHL Player Derek Boogaard’s Overdose Death
An ex-hockey player and a physician’s assistant have been arrested and charged with supplying painkillers to former New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died of an overdose in 2011. Boogaard’s family is suing the NHL over the physical trauma and brain damage that they claim resulted in his painkiller addiction.

British People Spend a Year of Their Lives Hungover
The average person in the UK spends 315 days recovering from last night’s intoxication, according to estimates from a health organization. That’s a lot of scrambled eggs and advil! The organization suggests people try “Sober October,” which is a cute way of saying: lay off the sauce for a month because you might have a problem.

Robert Downey Jr. Says Addiction Is a Family Affair
The 49-year-old actor, in recovery since 2002, talked to Vanity Fair about his son Indio’s struggle with addiction, which he poetically dubs “the chasm.” “He’s his mother’s son and he’s my son, and he’s come up the chasm much quicker than we did,” says Downey Jr.. “But that’s typical in the Information Age; things get accelerated.” Indio, 20, was arrested for cocaine use in June.