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The Daily Buzz: September 16, 2014


The rise in prescription drug overdose deaths is slowing; more New Yorkers are smoking while the rest of the country quits; and Robin Thicke was drunk and "high on Vicodin" when he recorded Blurred Lines.

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CDC: The Rise in Rx Drug Overdose Deaths Is Slowing Down
This is promising. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription drug overdose deaths rose by only 3% from 2007 through 2011, after having climbed 18% each year from 1999 through 2006. The CDC attributes the slowdown to a decrease in the prescription of methadone (an anti-addiction drug that can also be used as a painkiller). But others suggest medical marijuana is to thank.

Washington Post Comes Out Against Pot Legalization
Less than two months after The New York Times historically endorsed marijuana legalization, editors at the Washington Post are taking a different stance. The Post is asking DC residents to reject a ballot initiative that would legalize possession of two ounces of pot for adults, warning that legalization is “a change that could well prove to be misguided.” DC recently decriminalized small-scale pot possession, but drug law reformers say it’s not enough.

Photo via Shutterstock

Photo via Shutterstock

More New Yorkers Are Smoking
Smoking is on the decline across most of the country (though smoke shops are mysteriously on the rise). But New Yorkers, always going against the grain, are returning to the habit. The NYC smoking rate has jumped to 16.1%—up from the 2010 low of 14%—the Health Department reported Monday. That’s about a million smokers who are going to have cold fingers this winter.

Marijuana Is Finally Getting Its Own Reality Show
Apparently 200 hopeful people showed up this past weekend in Denver to audition for a new reality web series named “The Marijuana Show.” It will involve entrepreneurs pitching their pot business ideas to investors willing to give up to $1 million to winning projects. Co-creators say the show is a softer version of “The Shark Tank” meets “The Apprentice,” basically “the puff the magic dragon of pitch shows,” with the ultimate goal of educating people about the industry.

Robin Thicke Says He Was on Drugs When He Wrote “Blurred Lines”
The pop singer, most famous for his rapey 2013 summer hit “Blurred Lines,” has admitted he was “high on Vicodin and alcohol” when he recorded the track with Pharrell. Thicke, 37, said he “had a drug and alcohol problem for the year” and showed up to most of his interviews high, including “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” These admissions came out as part of a legal battle over the rights to a Marvin Gaye hit that the singer allegedly ripped off.