New Drug Named "Smiles" Is Linked To Teen Deaths

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The kid was reportedly "shaking, growling, and foaming at the mouth."

That led to him smashing his head against the ground.

Two hours later, he was dead.

No, it's not a scene from American Horror Story.

It was a real-life occurrence in Grand Forks, North Dakota--and if you love irony, the drug the guy was on is called "Smiles"!

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Reality Show Star Found Dead At 29

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He'd battled drug addiction.

He'd gone to rehab.

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The Saddest Thing I've Heard In A While

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I wandered into a Staples the other day with a friend.

When we got to the register, the cashier processed my friend's purchase, then said, "Can I interest you in one of our pens for a dollar?"

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Catching Them Cheating Doesn't Have To Spell The End! Here's Why!

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Not every relationship has to fall apart because you find out your partner is cheating.

Yes, one's initial impulse is usually to start snapping your fingers and flailing your arms while righteously screeching "It's ovah!" but here are some reasons you might want to rethink that approach:

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My Five Favorite Coffees

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Please don't say, "But you forgot such and such brand!"

I forgot nothing. These are my favorites, not a summary of every coffee ever made.

And please forgive the fact that my tastes are on a grocery-store level.

I grew up sans pretensions -- but I'd never grow up without coffee, three glorious times a day.

Here goes:

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Cocaine No Longer Popular In The Recession

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In South Florida--which is our nation's weathervane as far as drug use (and pretty art deco hotels)--cocaine use is way down, that devil drug falling way below crystal meth and even booze in popularity.

And the reason is obviously the increased awareness of citizens as to the dire dangers of coke addiction.

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Why Are All The Things That Taste Or Feel The Best....

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... the absolute worst things for you?

I've pondered this horrible predicament my whole life and can't figure out if it's a hideous coincidence or a test of character.

For example, the most delicious things on this planet to eat aren't arugula salads or grilled zucchini strips, lovely and edifying as they may be.

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Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

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If the singer died of a drug and/or alcohol overdose, as is widely assumed, then naturally it was at her own hand.

But the story isn't as simple as that.

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Patti LuPone Calls Andrew Lloyd Webber "An Alcoholic"

In 1994, Tony winner Patti LuPone was bumped from the starring role in Sunset Boulevard by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, though she'd been promised the Broadway run after doing it in London.

Well, some people might have just gone home and cried about it, but some people ain't Patti!

Don't cry for her, Argentina!

Her turban unceremoniously ripped off her head, Patti proceeded to sue the portly melody man and won big bucks.

Please don't evah, evah, make her say goodbye...

(Meanwhile, another fearsome diva, Faye Dunaway, also sued Lloyd Webber when he decided her voice wasn't strong enough to do the L.A. production after all. Sunset Boulevard was quickly becoming Debt Alley.)

Well, Patti gets to strike back again. Next month, her memoir arrives, and in it are two searing chapters clawing at Lloyd Webber as if she were a Jellicle Cat on a rampage.

As she told an audience recently, "He's an unhappy man and an alcoholic."

Yeah, but he writes some nice tunes.

Porn Star John Holmes's Girlfriend Says John Was a Dick

Could this angel have been an abusive asshole?
John Holmes was the late-1970s porn star with the large endowment, the larger coke addiction, and the possible involvement in the famous Wonderland massacre of vengeful mayhem. (He was there and charged, but ultimately let go for lack of evidence.)

Amazingly, his then-teen girlfriend Dawn Schiller survived and grew up and has even written a book called The Road Through Wonderland, with forewords by the stars of the 2003 movie Wonderland, Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth.

But Schiller starts the book by saying the movie was as fraudulent as a Photoshopped penis.

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