Smoking and Permanent DNA Damage

Are you thinking of starting a tobacco habit for the first time? How about resuming an old habit that you thought you’d whipped? Either way, a recent study by the Masonic Cancer Center and the pharmacology department of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis has some really important news for you: Smoking causes DNA damage within minutes of inhaling.

smokinghansLead study author Stephen S. Hecht stated in a press release via the American Chemical Society that “The results reported here should serve as a stark warning to those who are considering starting smoking.” This study is also featured in the current edition of the journal of Chemical Research in Toxicology, reports the 15 January 2011 issue of Bloomberg Busineweek’s Health Day section. With all these impressive scholarly publications, it does appear that Hecht’s study should be given very strict attention by new smokers, relapsers, and smoking “wannabe” young people.

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New Year’s Eve, Kids, and Drugs

The verdict is in, and it isn’t good: As predicted, the number of alcohol-related incidents involving underage drinkers on New Year’s Eve tops the list in emergency rooms all over the U.S.

Many experts in addiction prevention and treatment may find this to be a “no brainer” since underage drinking and other drug use has long been a serious mental health concern; still, it’s difficult to think that it may be you, your child, or someone else you love that lies bleeding and comatose in an ER surrounded by strangers.

In the December 2010 edition of Readers Digest magazine, ER medical personnel braced for the onslaught of minors, correctly predicting that New Year’s Eve would once again be a bad night for making those dreaded calls to parents that always begin with “This is Dr. ****** in the emergency room…”

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USC Quarterback Mitch Mustain Arrested for Selling Prescription Drugs to Undercover Agent

mitchmustainOn Tuesday February 1, 2011, Los Angeles Police arrested former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain for suspicion of selling prescription drugs. Mustain was shortly released on bail with no charges against him.

Late Tuesday night, at 8:10 p.m. LAPD arrested former USC quarter back Mitch Mustain. Mustain, 22, was arrested for allegedly trying to sell Adderall, an amphetamine, to an undercover agent. The arrest took place in the San Fernando Valley by the West Valley Division of the LAPD. Mustain was escorted to the Van Nuys Jail and booked at 10:44 p.m. Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Bruce Borihanh said, that the arrest was a result of a sting operation, but police did not elaborate on details of the case.

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Marijuana “Catapult” at U.S.-Mexico Border

The war on drugs between the United States and Mexico takes a medieval twist as the U.S. border patrol works together with the Mexican army to confiscate a catapult.

Surveillance cameras on the Arizona/Mexico border led to the capture of drug smugglers trying a new approach to get drugs into the U.S. – an

On Friday January 21, 2010 National Guards at the Naco Border Patrol Station, which is about 80 miles southeast of Tucson Arizona, noticed some suspicious activity in their surveillance cameras.pot-catapult

Late in the evening, they saw several people preparing a catapult and launching objects over the International Border fence. The National Guard and Border agents immediately contacted the Mexican authorities to go and investigate.

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