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Potential Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Hints at Marijuana Use in His Youth

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The 2016 elections may still be far away, but the press is starting to grill potential presidential candidates about their illicit past.

rand paulKentucky Senator Rand Paul was recently asked by WHAS, a television station in Louisville, if he smoked marijuana when he was younger. His response did not directly answer the question, prompting speculation about his past. “Let’s just say I wasn’t a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes, and I can say that I made mistakes when I was a kid,” Paul said in an AP news article.

Paul is seeking re-election as senator in the 2016 race, but is reported to be seriously considering the presidential slot. For now, the senator said his main agenda is to mitigate penalties for drug-related crimes that are non-violent. He added that many of the violators come from minority groups or the poverty sector. “I have a great deal of personal sympathy for people who have made mistakes as a young person,” Paul expressed.

Despite his plans on drug laws, he emphasized that he is not advocating drug use. “I think drugs, marijuana included, aren’t good for you… I don’t want to be someone who is seen as being this person advocating for drug use. I think they’re not a good idea,” the senator added.

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Elizabeth Pena Death Caused By Alcohol And Other Complications

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elizabeth penaAlcohol has been associated with various health risks, most notably liver diseases. This proved to be a fatal case for actress Elizabeth Pena, who died October 14 due to various health complications.

The “La Bamba” actress was confirmed by CNN to have died partly because of “cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol,” according to a death certificate obtained by the network. This disease was listed alongside other disorders such as cardiogenic shock, cardiopulmonary arrest, and acute gastrointestinal bleeding.

Pena, 55, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles but did not survive. Her death sent shockwaves through the industry as she has been active in her career. Her latest role was Sofia Vergara’s mother in the hit TV comedy “Modern Family”. She leaves behind her husband and two kids.

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Robin Thicke High On Drugs and Alcohol During ‘Blurred Lines’ Creation

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In the midst of the writing process for last year’s monumental summer hit “Blurred Lines”, singer Robin Thicke admitted through a court deposition that he was “high on Vicodin and alcohol”.

robin thicke drug alcohol blurred linesThe deposition was part of the ongoing court battle between the song’s credited writers — Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr. — and children of the late Marvin Gaye, whose 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” was claimed by Gaye’s family to be the basis for the 2013 ditty.

Here’s a portion of the court deposition, as it appears in THR:

Q: Were you present during the creation of ‘Blurred Lines’?

Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.

Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?

Thicke: To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.

The papers suggest that aside from Thicke getting high on drugs and booze, he was never a part of the writing process. In fact, he admitted in several interviews that he was under a massive “drug and alcohol problem for the year.”

“Blurred Lines” bagged the record for the longest running number one single in the 2010s decade at 12 consecutive weeks.

Thicke was arrested for marijuana possession in 2012.

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Robin Williams Found Dead in Home

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Hollywood and the world over is shocked at the loss of one of the greatest comics in history.

robin williams dead suicideRobin Williams, 63, was pronounced dead after emergency personnel found him unconscious in his California home at noon today. Although an autopsy has yet to be conducted, preliminary evidence seems to suggest an apparent suicide due to asphyxia, as reported by the Marin County Sheriff’s office.

Williams’ wife Susan Schneider expressed her grief over the sudden turn of events. “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend… While the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

According to the actor’s publicist Mara Buxbaum via Yahoo! News, Williams had been experiencing depression in the past months. Last July, Williams checked into rehab at Minnesota’s Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center for sobriety issues.

He has always been transparent about his battle with substance abuse. Back in the 1980s during his Mork and Mindy days, Williams admitted to cocaine abuse, but decided to quit after the death of fellow actor John Belushi. He also underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in 2006.

Williams has had a very colorful acting career, winning an Oscar for his touching performance as supporting actor in Good Will Hunting. He also has six Golden Globes, five Grammys, and two Emmy awards to his name.

The actor had three children — Zachary (31), Zelda (25), and Cody (22).

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Cause Of Death: Heroin, Cocaine, Other Drugs

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The medical examiner’s report is out: Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a lethal mix of drugs.

Philip_Seymour_HoffmanThe results, released February 28, showed that a combination of cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs caused the death of the critically acclaimed actor, whose lifeless body was found in his Manhattan loft February 2.

The New York City medical examiner did not cite any indication of overdose, and was not able to identify which specific drug was the main culprit. Dr. Charles McKay, spokesperson for the American College of Medical Toxicology, said in an interview that it would be difficult to pinpoint the killer drug. However, Dr. McKay concluded that the examiner’s report “suggests someone who has been using drugs repetitively”.

This report confirms earlier suspicions that Hoffman was still into drugs, even after undergoing rehab after a relapse in drug use. In fact, his body was discovered with a needle still stuck in his arm.

Included in the mix of drugs that caused the actor’s demise were benzodiazepines and amphetamines, which are prescribed for people who have anxiety and sleeping problems.

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Actor Josh Brolin Checks Into Rehab For Alcohol Abuse

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Josh BrolinAs Hollywood celebrates a surge in the U.S. box office through the hugely successful “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, Us Weekly revealed that actor Josh Brolin has checked into rehab for a reported alcohol abuse problem.

The “Jonah Hex” star entered a rehab facility in North Carolina, according to the Us Weekly insider. “He realized he needed help and is committed to his sobriety,” the magazine source said.

Earlier this month, Brolin figured in a physical altercation with a client at O’Brien’s Irish Pub, located in Santa Monica, CA. Several witnesses reported that the 45-year-old actor was drunk when the incident happened. The fistfight ensued around 2 in the morning of November 2, just outside the bar. Moments later, the two brawling bar customers reconciled by hugging each other.

On a similar note, Brolin was also found engaged in a verbal argument in a drive-thru outlet of Los Angeles Del Taco with a taxi driver. The loud exchange of words was captured on video for the world to see.

Days after the two incidents — both of which happened on the same weekend — the actor declared that he was “completely done” with alcohol. When asked about his weekend conflicts, he said “absolutely, it won’t be happening again.”

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Chris Brown Considers Taking Medical Marijuana For Anger Management Issues

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Years ago, Chris Brown was infamously linked to domestic violence against women, after he hit then-girlfriend and music superstar Rihanna. Now, the R&B singer seems like he’s going down the route of being a poster boy for pot.

chrisbrownOne day after appearing before the Los Angeles Superior Court last November 20, Brown declared that he should be prescribed medical marijuana to soothe his anger management problems. After all, medical cannabis is legal in California where he currently resides.

According to a news release, he added that he wants to discontinue his doctor’s current prescriptions of anti-depressant medication, citing that the drugs affect his overall health. As declared by a source close to Brown’s camp, the anti-depressant drugs “make Chris feel very numb and he felt that everything around him was fuzzy.” In addition, Brown frequently feels thirsty because of the medication.

Brown was sentenced by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin to three months in treatment and not less than 24 hours per week of community service, and will be subjected to drug tests.

It seems that Brown cannot catch a break. The embattled music artist reportedly figured in a civil disturbance wherein he had a violent argument with his mother and threw a piece of rock onto her car window. Meanwhile, he tested positive for marijuana last year, which almost certainly had a negative impact on his probation.

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Lady Gaga Claims She was Addicted to Marijuana

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marijuana jointColorful singer Lady Gaga told a radio station during an interview that she became addicted to marijuana while recovering from a broken hip.

“I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication,” Gaga told the Z100 Morning Show, as reported by People magazine. “I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn’t know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why.”

The singer was reportedly smoking 15-20 marijuana cigarettes per day.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 9% of marijuana users become dependent on the drug, with that percentage going up for people who begin using the drug in adolescence. Comparatively, according to a 1994 study published in Scientific American, about 15% of people who try alcohol become addicted, 23% of people who try heroin become addicted and 32% of people who try nicotine become addicted.

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Lindsay Lohan Completes Sixth Court-Ordered Rehab

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How many rehab sessions should you need to clean your system of alcohol and bad behavior?

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Photo credit: pursebag7 via Picasa

Apparently for Lindsay Lohan, six is the definitive number — for now. According to a news source, the troubled actress just checked out of a rehab center in California July 30, and is now scheduled to consult with a sobriety coach so that she can adjust to the real world.

Her three-month stay in rehab stemmed from a court decision this past May that allowed her to avoid imprisonment and instead check herself in a rehabilitation facility for 90 days. The “Mean Girls” star needed rehab time because of an accusation wherein she gave false information to police officers when she was involved in a car accident in June 2012.

Lohan has become the poster girl of child stars who went awry going into adulthood. She has had some misdemeanor offenses in the past, and has checked into rehab multiple times before. In a sense, you can say the actress should already be an “expert” in alcohol rehabilitation and keeping oneself sober.

In connection with this, Oprah’s TV network OWN inked a $2 million contract with Lohan to grant them rights to an exclusive interview with the beleaguered actress. The network’s cameras will also hound Lohan during her bout with alcohol abuse, as part of an eight-part documentary.

Lohan’s next Hollywood appearance is in the film “The Canyons” set for release on August 2.

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Cory Monteith’s death shines spotlight on new breed of heroin user

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Cory MonteithMost people probably wouldn’t have pictured clean-cut actor Cory Monteith when they imagined a heroin addict. The stereotype of a scrawny, dirty, back-alley dweller still persists in our minds when picturing heroin addicts, but the late Glee star was an example of the so-called new breed of heroin user.

He was found dead on July 13 at Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver. Toxicity reports showed that he died from a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol.

Dr. Richard Clark, an emergency room physician and director of toxicology at the University of California San Diego Medical Center, told NBC News that anyone you know — despite how happy, healthy and successful they look or where they live — could be a heroin user. Heroin is cheap and plentiful these days and kids, teenagers, white-collar workers, even people living in suburban or rural areas can be using heroin without you even suspecting it.

University of Washington research scientist Caleb Banta-Green, who frequently writes about about heroin use has said in today’s current climate of drug use, Monteith “is what a heroin user looks like.”