The Daily Buzz: September 15, 2014
Hundreds of Vietnamese people break out of mandatory drug rehab; kids are increasingly getting sick by taking their parents' Suboxone; and cops show up to a boozy party at Sarah Palin's house.
Hundreds of Vietnamese People Break Out of Mandatory Drug Rehab
More than 400 Vietnamese drug addicts have reportedly escaped from a rehab center where they were being held against their will, after breaking the doors and threatening guards with sticks. The country’s government—like that in China—has been accused of human rights abuses for putting hundreds of thousands of drug addicts in forced “rehabilitation” for two years.
More Child Hospitalizations Linked to Opioid Maintenance Drug
Buprenorphine, sold under the brand name Suboxone, is a maintenance drug commonly prescribed to people who are addicted to heroin or painkillers. Unfortunately it is often ending up in the wrong mouths. In one year, about 800 kids were reportedly hospitalized for accidentally taking it, according to a new study. This is happening at a much higher rate than for other prescription drugs, so new packaging might help.
Man-Eating Leopard Preys on Drunk People in the Himalayas
An unusual dangerous side-effect of drinking in one remote village of Tibet is possible death by leopard. Thirteen people have been killed by the creature, who reportedly preys on drunk people as they stumble home after a night of boozing. Mandatory rehab seems (slightly) less terrifying by comparison.
Gerard Depardieu Drinks Up to 14 Bottles of Wine in a Day
The French actor says he “can’t drink like a normal person.” Despite often starting the day with Champagne, and downing 12-14 bottles of wine in one go (this is well above the recommended amount for heart health), the 65-year-old says: “I’m never totally drunk, just a little pissed.” Depardieu apparently lays off the sauce for “compulsory moments” such as “after bypass surgery, and also because of cholesterol and stuff.” That sounds like a good idea.
Sarah Palin’s Family Got in an “Alcohol-Fueled Brawl” in Alaska
Things reportedly got out-of-control at a boozy party this weekend at the home of the former Governor of Alaska. The Anchorage Police Department released a statement saying a ”verbal and physical altercation” took place, involving about 20 people (including 23-year-old Bristol Palin, allegedly). Whether or not the former Republican vice presidential candidate herself was at the party remains unclear.