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December 6, 1988 | JOHN PEKKANEN
I went into an anesthesiology residency and began my love affair with Fentanyl, a narcotic-anesthetic that we use all the time. I saw how great it made patients feel. I tried it intravenously. With Fentanyl, if you use it once, you are hooked. It removed every trace of anxiety and tension I had felt. But I never became so high that I felt detached; I felt efficient and in control. My mistake was in thinking I would always feel this way. Getting Fentanyl was ridiculously easy.
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SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | Chris Erskine
So how are you liking these new Dodgers owners now? Guggenheim seemed to be making all the right moves, till it slipped up while slobbering over all that TV loot, in a way that negates almost everything it has done so well up to now. Capitalism can be such a mess sometimes. Greed always does you in, even when it's cloaked in a greater purpose, such as winning a World Series, perhaps the greatest purpose of all. Crazy Guggenheim is not the biggest culprit, nor is it alone.
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NEWS
April 20, 2000 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After putting in a full day at his computer technician job, a 30-year-old Internet game player known as Ebaid went home, logged on to a game called "EverQuest" and started his night job. His game character donned armor, slapped on his sword and began slaying beasts so he could make some real money. Hail the rise of yet another strange creature of the Internet revolution--the professional online game hunter. Ebaid played for hours, slaying every computer-generated monster on his screen.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
MVP talk San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich , on Chicago's Joakim Noah being considered a candidate for most valuable player alongside LeBron James and Kevin Durant : "They won't choose him as the MVP, but I think it's great that he's in the conversation and he should be. But it's just not the way it works, from my experience. It's got to go in the basket for you guys [media] to pay attention to somebody. But he's pretty damn valuable in my opinion. " The Big Techie Minority Sacramento Kings owner Shaquille O'Neal , on being a tech nerd: "I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week.
NEWS
September 7, 2010
When we got wind of a new show on TLC called "Freaky Eaters," we couldn't resist. Based on the UK show of the same name, the premise is fairly simple: Take people who have bizarre eating habits and rehab them. In 22 minutes. By "freaky," the producers aren't always referring to adult picky eaters, men and women who find textures and flavors of most foods unpalatable to the point of throwing up if they eat, say, a tomato or a piece of meat. The people profiled on this show have issues with specific foods or food groups, always with a psychological component -- the young man who has devoured nothing but pizza since he dropped out of volleyball; the father of two who finds safety in eating at least three cheeseburgers -- and nothing but cheeseburgers -- a day; and the woman who, after getting divorced, turned to sugar to console herself, gradually working it into an all-day, everyday thing.
HEALTH
August 22, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
Frequent trips to the beach could mean more than fun in the sun. New research shows that some people who regularly bask in the sun's rays qualify as tanning addicts. "Most people know that UV light causes skin cancer and premature aging," says lead scientist Richard Wagner, a dermatologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. "Like others with substance abuse disorders, people who seem addicted to the sun find it hard to stop tanning."
SCIENCE
October 6, 2009 | Shari Roan and Karen Kaplan
Vaccines to help people recover from such addictions as nicotine, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines now appear scientifically and medically achievable after doctors reported Monday that a vaccine to treat cocaine dependence had produced a large enough antibody response to reduce cocaine use in 38% of addicted individuals. Those results come on the heels of last week's announcement that the federal government would fund a large clinical trial of a nicotine vaccine based on earlier promising studies.
NEWS
August 31, 1989
Ronald Siegel's theory on drugs ("Artificial Paradise," by Bob Sipchen, Aug. 14) was interesting and correct when stating "Just say no" is woefully inadequate. I also agree that every society, from the most primitive to the most sophisticated has had a need to alter consciousness--like the great American ritual of getting drunk on New Year's Eve. However, Siegel does not seem to take into account the fact that most people alter consciousness only occasionally--like one takes an aspirin for a headache.
SPORTS
January 21, 2010 | By David Wharton
Tiger Woods was never the sort of athlete to get involved with social issues, not like Muhammad Ali protesting the Vietnam War or Martina Navratilova championing gay rights. But the scandal enveloping the superstar golfer has prompted national debate on several fronts, touching upon the intersection of celebrity and private life, raising questions about whether any athlete should be considered a role model. Now comes a new topic: Sex addiction. A spate of unconfirmed news reports and blog items this week have Woods checking into a private clinic in Mississippi to treat an alleged addiction to sex. Regardless of whether the reports are true, they have people talking about something that ranges far outside the world of sports.
NEWS
July 4, 1995 | STEVE EMMONS
Is there really such a thing as sexual addiction ? Not in the usual meaning of the word, says Paul R. Abramson, a professor of psychology at UCLA and a prominent author in the field of sexual psychology. "We generally conceive of an addiction as a physiological dependence, which we can attempt to wean an individual of," Abramson says. Viewing sexual excesses as the equivalent of alcohol or drug addiction is wrong, he says. "Primarily, [sexual addiction] is really compulsive behavior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
When Lewis Yablonsky was growing up in New Jersey in the 1930s, he was beaten by poor whites for being Jewish and by black gangs for being white. He committed petty thefts, ran crooked card games and carried a switchblade for protection. Some of his closest friends wound up behind bars. "I wasn't sure where I belonged," he told The Times years later. "But when my best friend went to prison for hijacking a fur truck … I realized I had to get on one side of the law or the other. " Yablonsky chose the straight path, using his rough-and-tumble youth as a springboard to a distinguished career: He became the "Sociologist With Street Smarts," as one headline described him, an authority on youth gangs, hippies and drug addicts whose personal experiences gave him insights other scholars lacked.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose, will be laid to rest in a private funeral in New York City, with a memorial service to be held later, according to reports out Tuesday. The funeral will be only for "the family and close friends," a rep told People in a statement. It will be held Friday, according to the Daily Mail . The memorial, also to be held in New York, is still being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family said through the rep, people could donate to the DreamYard Project or the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, both of which Hoffman supported.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
"Desperate Housewives" alum Shawn Pyfrom, in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death, has admitted that he is an addict and has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. Hoffman, the 46-year-old "Hunger Games" and "Capote" actor, who was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday after an apparent drug overdose, influenced the younger actor, who is best known for playing actress Marcia Cross' mischievous son Andrew Van De Kamp on the ABC drama. Seemingly moved to speak out after Hoffman's death, Pyfrom took to Tumblr to write a lengthy open letter to others who may be struggling the same way he did because he "could not hear of another person being robbed of their life, due to addiction.
SCIENCE
December 30, 2013 | By Monte Morin
So you think tobacco is bad for your health? Try telling that to a tobacco hornworm: His stinky nicotine breath is the only thing keeping him off the evening dinner menu, scientists say. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers discovered that Manduca sexta moth larvae use a form of "defensive halitosis" to ward off ravenous wolf spiders. As a tiny leaf-creeping caterpillar, M. sexta will gorge on coyote cactus plants all day, consuming more than a milligram of nicotine in a 24-hour period - the rough equivalent of one cigarette.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By Gale Holland
When the stylish New Genesis Apartments opened last year on skid row, residents and advocates were pleased that the project would provide housing for dozens of homeless people, as well as support services aimed at tackling addiction and mental illness. In a neighborhood where rapid gentrification has brought $145 sushi and brow waxings to skid row's historic core, the mixed-use project was seen as a rare opportunity for homeless people to live side-by-side with artists and other renters as they work to rejoin society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Over four years, Merrell Williams Jr. came up with a number of effective ways to smuggle documents from work. A $9-an-hour paralegal at a tobacco company's law firm in Louisville, Ky., Williams tucked a few memos at a time into a slit he cut in the lining of his overcoat. Sometimes he stashed cigarette marketing plans and medical studies under his shirt, between his skin and an old weight-loss corset. Then there were the days he wore his pants extra baggy, all the better to slide embarrassing correspondence under the waistband.
HEALTH
June 30, 2008 | Susan Brink, Times Staff Writer
DRUG AND alcohol abuse sets people on a path toward heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses. A study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment reports that hospital costs for this medical fallout can be substantial -- and could be avoided with more drug and alcohol treatment. Lead author Patricia Santora of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and colleagues found that 14% of people admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1994 to 2002 were alcohol or drug abusers.
HEALTH
October 9, 2006 | From Times wire reports
The same brain circuits are involved when obese people fill their stomachs as when drug addicts think about drugs, a finding that suggests overeating and addiction may be linked, U.S. researchers have reported. The finding may help in creating better treatments for obesity. "We wanted to know why, when people are already full, why people are still eating a lot," said Dr. Gene-Jack Wang of Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.
SCIENCE
November 11, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Cocaine use may not make you a better dad, but it may make your son a bit more resistant to addiction, says a new study conducted on rats. Compared with the pups of rats who got no cocaine, the male offspring of rats that were allowed to self-administer cocaine for two months behaved very differently under the influence of the drug. When they got repeated doses of cocaine, rats sired by undrugged fathers responded with an escalating frenzy of movement - in rats, a sign of incipient addiction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A homeless woman's longtime drug dealer was found guilty Tuesday of dousing her with gasoline and burning her alive in a parking lot at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Mia Sagote, 36, of San Francisco was found guilty of murder, robbery and kidnapping that led to the death of 49-year-old Jill May, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . May, according to the Chronicle, was addicted to crack cocaine and worked as a prostitute. She was struggling to turn things around when her longtime partner, Ricky Smith, refused to give Sagote $150 he owed for crack, according to police.
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