D.A.R.E.: The Week in Drug-Related Headlines


It was a big week for drugs in America — rhetorically, that is. Obama’s new drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske called an end to the War on them, explaining that he intends to focus more on treatment and less on incarceration. Which is great. But he wasn’t the only one causing a drug-related ruckus. A roundup of our six favorite stories — that range from Cheerios to hallucinogenic fish — after the jump.

“Eminem also spoke to Detroit’s Metro Times about how his former ‘Stan’ duet partner Elton John helped him recover from his pill addiction. ‘I talk to Elton a lot. We became friends and I talk to him about things, career wise. And he had a substance abuse problem in the past,’ Em said.” [More via Rolling Stone]

“A fish that has been reported to cause LSD-like hallucinations when eaten has been found in the Channel, many hundreds of miles away from its normal habitat.” [More via Guardian]

“A new study has found the air in Madrid and Barcelona is also laced with at least five drugs — most prominently cocaine.” [More via MSNBC]

“Pfizer Inc. said Thursday that it would provide more than 70 of its drugs for free to Americans who have lost their jobs since the beginning of the year and don’t have health insurance.” [More via WSJ]

“A man who was found with cocaine and heroin stuffed between his buttocks, has been jailed for three years.” [More via BBC]

“The Food and Drug Administration issued General Mills Inc. a warning over the Cheerios claim that the ubiquitous cereal is ‘clinically proven to help lower cholesterol.’ The FDA protests that the claim makes the cereal seem like a drug to consumers, which violates federal law.” [More via Daily Camera]