The Daily Buzz: How Many Americans Use Psychiatric Drugs; Why Heroin Use Has Gotten Riskier; Champagne Moment

Dec 12 2016

The Daily Buzz: How Many Americans Use Psychiatric Drugs; Why Heroin Use Has Gotten Riskier; Champagne Moment

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Study Reveals How Many US Adults Are Taking Psychiatric Drugs [CBS]
About one in six of us do each year.

Heroin-Related Deaths Rise As Heroin Use Falls [Reason]
The divergence shows that the manner of use and other factors are crucial; as Jacob Sullum notes, it reinforces the case for harm reduction.

Pilot Took Seven Drugs—Including Valium—Before the Deadliest Balloon Crash in US History [Washington Post]
Sixteen people lost their lives.

In a Smoky Haze, Turks Cling to Their Cigarettes [New York Times]
The government is trying hard to reduce smoking, but meeting resistance.

How Risky Is the Contraceptive Pill? [BBC]
Claims that it causes depression are questionable.

Drunk Passenger Shouted “I Deserve More Champagne” Before Forcing Jet to Divert [Daily Telegraph]
Maybe he didn’t.