Meth replaces heroin substance abuse disorder; marijuana use up

Jenny Bogart, 38, starting using methamphetamine at 14, switched to heroin after seven years and then went back to meth. She’s been drug-free for more than a year. (Photo: Via Jenny Bogart)

Far fewer people in the United States started using heroin last year, but the decline among young new 18- to 25-year-old heroin users was almost imperceptible – and that age group saw a big jump in methamphetamine and marijuana use, a new survey finds.

The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health emphasizes what it calls these “transitional aged youth” because they have higher rates of cigarette use, alcohol abuse and heroin use disorder, and they use more cocaine, meth and LSD, than people both younger and older.

Use of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and opioids by pregnant women increased significantly between 2015 and 2017, the report found.

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Red Cross helps Greensburg homeowners with free smoke detectors | TribLIVE

Where there’s smoke, there’s usually an American Red Cross volunteer not far behind.

On Friday, volunteers hoped to avoid future fires by offering to install free smoke detectors to homeowners in and around Greensburg.

Volunteers had previously canvassed the neighborhood by leaving door hangers explaining the free program.

Source: Red Cross helps Greensburg homeowners with free smoke detectors | TribLIVE

Older folk enjoying more weed / Boing Boing

Older folk enjoying more weed

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With legalization comes acceptance. With acceptance comes more use by respectable grownups.

About 9 percent of U.S. adults between ages 50 and 64 used marijuana in the the previous year, according to survey results. About 3 percent of people over 65 used the drug in that time period. This appears to be up from years past. In 2013, the same survey reported that 7 percent of middle-aged Americans used marijuana in the previous year, and only 1.4 percent of people over 65.

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Teen e-cigarette use, product flavors come under regulatory scrutiny

The FDA said it cannot tolerate “a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a trade off for enabling adults to access these products,” and so it has launched a crackdown on sales of e-cigarettes to teens.

  • In an unprecedented move, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered five brands — Juul, Vuse, MarkTen, blu e-cigs, and Logic — to submit plans to address teen use of their products within 60 days.
  • Across the entire e-cigarette category, the FDA is considering restricting manufacturers from selling flavored nicotine liquid or making the products undergo an agency review.
  • E-cigarettes, particularly Juul, have become a phenomenon among high school and middle school students.

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Manhattan’s annual Tribute in Light commemorates lives lost on 9/11 | Daily Mail Online

Two powerful light beams shown bright from Lower Manhattan in commemoration for those who lost their lives on 9/11, but cloudy skies prevented the full scale of the tribute to be seen.

The ‘Tribute in Light’ installation is a solemn dedication to those who died during the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. It has become a staple for New York as the tribute goes into it’s 16th year.

The lights can reach up to four miles in height, weather permitting, and are made of 887,000-watt xenon light bulbs.

Source: Manhattan’s annual Tribute in Light commemorates lives lost on 9/11 | Daily Mail Online

Three new ghost-like species found in world’s deepest marine trenches

Freaky sightings from the alien-like world at the bottom of the oceans.

Thousands of meters below the ocean’s surface in the deep trenches, everything is in pitch black and the pressure can be up to a thousand times greater than at the sea level. This unexplored environment looks and feels like it’s from an alien planet — and the creatures that inhabit it are no different. Three new such species — translucent, scaleless, ghost-like creatures — were recently fished out of the bottoms of the ocean, off the coasts of Peru and Chile.

Atacama snailfish. Credit: Newcastle University.

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