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Q&A: Confessions Of A Pill Head

I vividly remember walking into the interview. I was a junior in college and had scored a meeting with Joshua Lyon, an editor at Jane Magazine, the publication I’d been dreaming of working for since the first issue had appeared on newsstands and I skipped school to read it cover-to-cover. The interview went well, and an hour later, I got the phone call that he had picked me to be his intern. I was elated.

Josh and I worked together for the next four years. Turns out that, for two of them, he was almost always high on prescription pain killers.

Josh has written a fascinating book, Pill Head, about the whole ordeal. It’s part memoir, and part sociological exploration of why so many people in the United States—48 million of them to be exact—have used prescription pills for non-medical purposes. After the jump, Josh tells us everything from how he got his hands on his first Vicodin to why prescription pain killers are especially popular with the ladies. Oh, and why you owe it to grandma not to try them. Keep reading »

The #1 Reason Guys Beat Up Their Girlfriends

Rihanna may think that she’s back to making sweet music together with her battering boyfriend, but she is sadly mistaken if she thinks he will never hit her again. Men who batter rarely do it once, even if they are rich and famous. So if you’re in a relationship with a guy who has pushed, hit or slapped you once, take it as a warning sign. You can expect him to do it again and again. Keep reading »

Was Rihanna’s Glittery Eyepatch Covering Up An Injury?

More rumors surround the Chris Brown/Rihanna incident! According to The Sun, the LAPD is looking into whether there had been a history of violence between Brown and Rihanna, and one of the incidents they’re checking out is when RiRi suddenly started sporting an eyepatch, saying she had scratched her cornea. The singer wore a silver patch when she performed at the American Music Awards last year, and, at the time, we dubbed it an “injury accessory,” not thinking it could have been related to an actual injury. So, is it possible Rihanna was covering up a black eye? Not really — she took off the patch halfway through her performance and walked the red carpet without it (above right). What’s more likely is that the LAPD just doesn’t understand her over-the-top style. After the jump, watch the video of her American Music Awards performance to see for yourself. [via Socialite Life] Keep reading »

Supergirl Gets Divorce

Kids grow up so fast these days. By 3rd grade, I had definitely played pretend bride, but a girl in Yemen was forced to do it for reals. At the bold age of eight, her parents married her off to a man over four times her age. It’s all fun and games until someone gets raped and beaten. Abandoned, alone, abused, what is a girl to do? Be her own superhero. Nojoud Mohammed Ali (no relation to the fighter) is a champion! After escaping her husband’s home, she managed to find her way to a courthouse and asked for justice. Thankfully, in court last week, she secured her freedom and is now possibly the world’s youngest divorcee, but definitely the world’s bravest baby girl. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Second Chance For “Accidental” Face Mangler

Oof, Dear Sugar got a little deep this week. Anonymous posted a “Group Therapy” topic called “My Boyfriend Accidently Hit Me”, asking for advice as to whether she should give him a second chance. To recap the incident: Boyfriend got drunk, passed out in bed. Girlfriend stayed up chatting with brother. Girlfriend tried to go to bed, but couldn’t get any covers. Boyfriend woke up, fight ensued. Brother stepped in, Boyfriend got violent. Girlfriend tried to stop the blows and ended up with “two black eyes and a bloody nose.” Boyfriend has promised to quit drinking and go to therapy. Our opinion is that two black eyes and a bloody nose aren’t usually “accidental”. Sayonara, loser! [Dear Sugar] Keep reading »

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