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Women Lead England’s Rise In Cocaine Users

Cocaine use in England rose sharply in the five years leading up to 2008, according to a report released Wednesday. The average of English individuals aged 16 to 59 who had used cocaine at least once in their lifetime was 55.7 per thousand people in 2002-2003, but over five years it rose to 72.5 per thousand people. And leading the rise are women, whose consumption of coke almost matched the men’s. The amount of women aged 10 to 25 who had used cocaine in their lifetime was 4.8 percent in 2003, compared with 8.2 percent of men. In 2006, the percentage of women was 6.66, compared with 7.2 percent of men. The study cites three reasons for the rise in use: cheapness, availability, and increased social acceptance. About $70 now buys a gram of coke in England, whereas in the ’80s, a gram cost about $160. “We’re very much in an age of chemical enhancement and a pill for every ill,” said Jim McVeigh, head of substance use at the Center for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University. So, he added, cocaine is just viewed as another accepted chemical compound. Researchers also say women used cocaine as they became more independent and drank more — drinking and snorting going hand in hand. [Reuters] Keep reading »

The 2010 Olympic Torch Looks Like A Joint

Remember when Michael Phelps got in trouble for smoking weed? Well, we think the Olympic people are toeing the hypocritical line because the torch they designed for the 2010 games looks unmistakably like a joint. It’s made of of stainless steel, aluminum, and sheet molding, but that hasn’t stopped many from calling it the “Olympic Toke.” We aren’t really surprised that this sweet item hails from Vancouver, a very “marijuana-friendly” place. Maybe the designers were trying to promote British Columbia’s biggest cash crop? Keep reading »

Star Couplings: Mark Wahlberg Adds To His Funky Bunch

  • Mark Wahlberg and his fiancee Rhea Durham had their third child, a boy, this weekend. The two got engaged fairly recently, and Mark has gotten a lot of flack for not marrying the mother of his kids. I kind of think he needs to s–t or get off the pot. [Us Weekly]
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    Who IS Russell Brand, Anyway?

    Russell Brand quotes Oscar Wilde as easily as he rocks his ridiculously teased hair. He’s sexy, he’s suave, but, above all, he’s smart and he isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Despite getting flack for openly teasing the Jonas Brothers about their chastity rings and the “retarded cowboy President” Bush at the VMA’s last night, I thought [Me too! -- Editor] Brand stole the show with his off-handed hilarious comments — of course an accent makes everything sound better. Sure, the hole in the ozone is probably caused by the amount of hairspray he uses on his hair-do, but damn the boy is fine and funny! From guyliner to his groovy anti-establishment attitude, who is this one man British invasion named Russell Brand?

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    Quickies!: Marijuana Smokers Have Risky Sex

  • Researchers at Emory University found that black girls who are marijuana smokers engage in riskier sex and have a higher rate of STDs. [EurekAlert!]
  • Sneak a peek at Down the Rabbit Hole, photographer Justin Monroe’s take on Alice and other fantasy figures featuring Amanda Lepore, Janice Dickinson, and porn star Eric Rhodes. Potentially NSFW! [Popbytes]
  • Tug-O-War and rope climbing were once Olympic sports, but aren’t the weirdest, er, activities to test Olympiads. [Asylum]
  • These WWII pin-up girl recreations with live models seem rather cheesy. [Asylum]
  • What happens when your best friend(s) hate your boyfriend? [Tango]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Victoria Beckham’s Relative, Cleaning Up The Streets, And A Movie Deal

  • Posh Spice is related to a comrade of Karl Marx. [Reuters]
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