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The Daily Buzz: September 30, 2014

Americans will soon be able to dispose of expired painkillers by mail; French unions defend workers' rights to drink on the job; and Stevie Nicks talks about why she got sober in the '80s.

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Soon You’ll Be Able to Get Rid of Your Expired Painkillers Through the Mail
In the past, the DEA has held National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day every April to help Americans get rid of expired prescription drugs and prevent misuse (flushing or trashing them can harm the environment). But starting in October, you will be able to get rid of excess prescription drugs all year long at pharmacies or police departments with drop-off receptacles, or even mail them to authorized collectors.

French Union Defends Workers’ Right to Drink On the Job
The French General Confederation of Labor, or CGT, and two other French unions last week went on strike after eight employees of the state railway network were suspended or otherwise penalized for drinking booze while operating train signals (one admits to sending a train toward an already-occupied platform, narrowly avoiding collision). The CGT is defending the workers against the railway’s “executive repression” of the eight employees.

Photo via Shutterstock

Photo via Shutterstock

The Average Brit Spends $81,000 On Booze in Their Lifetime
he average person in Britain spends £50,000 ($81,000) on booze throughout their life, according to a survey. This equates to about $13,000 a year, with Londoners spending even more. And these are just the moderate drinkers. About 1.3 million people spend nearly three times this amount, shelling out $270,000 on booze during their lifetime.

Stevie Nicks Talks About Why She Got Sober
The Fleetwood Mac frontrunner says she sobered up in rehab in the ’80s after a doctor warned she’d have a brain hemorrhage if she did one more line of cocaine. “Suicide was never my MO. I’m basically a happy person. I was a happy person back then. I just got addicted to coke, and that was a very bad drug for me,” she says. The song “Mabel Normand” on her new album is about the 1920s American silent film actress, who died at age 37 after years of cocaine addiction.

Woman Jailed for a Month After Cops Mistake SpaghettiOs for Meth
A 23-year-old woman from Florida spent a month in jail after cops found some dried up SpaghettiOs on a spoon in her car, which they mistook for crystal meth. She has been released, and is now free to return to terrorizing the streets with her tomato soup-eating while driving.