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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.
April 26, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Guitarist Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and "Ink Master" fame has put his Hollywood loft up for sale at $899,000. The 1,570-square-foot unit features black glass-beaded wallpaper in the entry, 15-foot ceilings, blackout curtains and views of the Capitol Records building and the Hollywood sign. "It was one big space," said decorator Heidi Toll, who worked with Navarro to design the loft. So they carved out rooms within the open-plan space by using different finishes and features.
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.
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day, Channel 4 will show a Fred Roggin "Hall of Shame" special that will chronicle 10-plus years of bloopers and offbeat shots. To this day, Roggin's favorite is still one from 1988 that shows a 5-year-old Chula Vista girl accidentally smacking her 2 1/2-year-old little brother upside the head with a lightweight plastic bat. After the thud of the bat, the mother laughs and the little boy cries. But the tyke, despite getting a scare, escapes unscathed.
January 25, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Scientists have identified another gene that might affect how vulnerable a person is to cigarette addiction. Having a certain form of the gene makes it easier to kick the habit, or perhaps to avoid getting hooked in the first place, two studies suggest. But that apparent influence is modest. "This is just one small piece of the puzzle" of what influences smoking behavior, said psychologist Caryn Lerman, an author of one of the studies. Her work and a follow-up study by Dr.
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.
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.
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