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Heather Locklear voluntarily checks herself into rehab

July 1, 2018

Actress Heather Locklear has gone to rehab.

The former “Melrose Place” star voluntarily agreed to check herself into a long-term treatment facility for substance abuse and mental health issues after she spent the last week in a psychiatric ward, TMZ reported.

The troubled 56-year-old blonde was arrested Sunday after chugging a bottle of tequila, crashing her Porsche at her California mansion and then attacking cops when they arrived.

She was arrested on police battery charges and released, but was immediately rushed to the hospital hours later for an overdose of some kind, according to the report.

While she was involuntarily held in the hospital, doctors determined that she suffers from mental health issues.

A week earlier, Locklear was taken in for a psych evaluation after her parents called the police saying she was threatening to find a gun and kill herself and tried to choke her mother.


Heather Locklear reportedly hospitalized after ‘overdose’ call

June 26, 2018

Heather Locklear was reportedly hospitalized after a report of an overdose at her home — just hours after she was released on bail for assaulting a police officer.

Locklear was taken to the hospital on Monday afternoon when paramedics went to her residence in Thousand Oaks, California, after cops received a report of an overdose, according to TMZ.

The 56-year-old actress was arrested for battery on a police officer Sunday night, just a few days after being released on a three-day hold in a psych ward.

She was placed in a psychiatric hold last week after she allegedly threatened to kill herself because she thought her fiancé was cheating on her.


On “toxic” movie set Johnny Depp attacked a location manager after drinking all day

May 7, 2018

An out-of-control Johnny Depp attacked a location manager on the set of his upcoming film, “LAbyrinth,” multiple sources told Page Six. The spat even included Depp attempting a punch and bellowing at the veteran production pro, “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!” before he was pulled off.

Page Six

“LAbyrinth” stars Depp as the real LAPD detective Russell Poole, who investigated the murder of Biggie Smalls. But an insider said trouble on the “toxic” set began when Depp took over directing a scene in which he cast two of his pals as a cop and a homeless man. “Johnny’s friends were in the scene, and it just turned into way more than it should have been,” said a source. A downtown LA street was closed off, but when the permit ran out, Depp wanted to keep the cameras rolling.

“The producers kept asking for the time to be extended,” explained a source familiar with the production. Finally, a location manager informed the film’s director, Brad Furman, that the scene had to wrap, but, “Brad interjected, ‘Tell that to Johnny Depp!’ ” The location manager told Depp, “This is the last shot,” a source said, when an irate Depp — who’d been “smoking and drinking all day on set” — got in the staffer’s face. “He was 6 inches away, yelling, ‘Who are you? You have no right!’ ” sources said.

When the well-liked worker told Depp, “I’m just doing my job,” a source said Depp tried to punch him in the ribs. But the weak blow didn’t make an impact, and Depp yelled, “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!” The stunned staffer stood still, and Depp was finally pulled away.

A rep for Depp had no comment. Furman insisted the alleged incident was overblown. “Johnny Depp is a consummate professional, great collaborator and a supporter of other artists,” he said in a statement. “He always treats the crew and people around him with the utmost respect. Movies can be stressful, and nonevents often become exaggerated. We all love stories — there isn’t one here.”

Separately, Depp’s being sued by two former guards, Page Six reported, and is in a legal war with his former managers.

From Friday, May 4, 2018

Johnny Depp: how Hollywood’s biggest star fell from grace

As another lawsuit hits the actor, accusing him of creating a ‘toxic’ work environment, his status as the industry’s most wanted leading man shows no sign of returning

Johnny Depp in November 2017. With each new controversy, will audiences still turn up to watch him?
 Johnny Depp in November 2017. With each new controversy, will audiences still turn up to watch him? Photograph: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP

The descriptions sound like a typical day at sea for Captain Jack Sparrow: “volatile”, “reckless”, “vices”, “chaos”, “hurricane”.

The Pirates of the Caribbean character is, after all, a drunken pirate who sails through fiascos and misadventures.

It is Johnny Depp, however, not Sparrow, who is accused of presiding over such mayhem in a drama playing out not on screen but in court.

Two bodyguards made the allegations in a lawsuit this week which piled fresh acrimony on Depp’s reputation, renewing doubts over his future as Hollywood’s quirkiest and possibly most beloved leading man.

The multi-claim lawsuit over unpaid wages and working conditions detailed a lifestyle of dysfunction and chaos.

Eugene Arreola and Miguel Sanchez alleged that a “financial hurricane” and a “toxic” environment enveloped Depp’s Hollywood Hills compound from 2016.

The suit alleges: “Often times plaintiffs were forced to protect Depp from himself and his vices while in public. An incident at a local nightclub involved plaintiffs alerting Depp of illegal substances visible on his face and person while preventing onlookers from noticing Depp’s condition.”

More damning allegations can be expected if the ex-employees obtain a jury trial in Los Angeles superior court. Depp’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment over the latest allegations.

It is a puzzle straight out of Hollywood Babylon: how can a star who has reputedly earned more than $650m struggle to pay his bills?

The question may be better addressed to psychologists than accountants. The money is not missing. Depp, 54, spent it. Even Captain Sparrow might wince at such excess.

Profligacy barely counts as vice in Hollywood but Depp’s epic expenditure – in addition to fast cars and planes he bought a French village, a $22m yacht and a string of Caribbean islands while allegedly blowing through $2m a month, including $30,000 a month on wine – rivals that of the castle-collecting Nicholas Cage.

In recent years this has led to Depp clashing with, firing and suing a rotating retinue of managers and lawyers, who in turn have sued him over allegedly broken contracts and unpaid fees, draining more funds from the Depp treasure chest and dumping more revelations about his private life overboard into the public maw.

Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
 Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Photograph: Peter Mountain/AP

Financial troubles alone would not necessarily dent the mystique of an actor who stole teenage hearts in 21 Jump Street, then stole adult hearts in Cry-Baby, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands, Chocolat and the Pirates franchise.

Droll charm and offbeat roles in films like Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd cemented an image of a rogueish misfit who tripped into stardom and ended up dating Winona Ryder, Kate Moss and Vanessa Paradis.

Bizarre episodes like firing the ashes of Hunter S Thompson from a cannon (cost: $3m) and smuggling his Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo into Australia only burnished the kooky vibe. The glow survived even commercial and critical duds like The Lone Ranger and The Tourist – box office analysts said he was overpaid – and fatigue with Pirates sequels.

From 2016 the picture darkened.

Amber Heard filed for divorce and obtained a temporary restraining order, alleging physical and verbal abuse. A leaked video showed him raging in their kitchen.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in 2015
 Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in 2015. Photograph: Alec Michael/Rex/Shutterstock

The couple settled their divorce in a $7m deal and issued a joint statement saying their relationship was “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love”.

Warner Bros and JK Rowling have stuck with Depp for Fantastic Beasts, sparing him banishment to the ranks of #MeToo blackguards. “The film-makers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” Rowling said in a statement.

But in a climate where actors such as Kevin Spacey and Kian Lawley are being replaced after misconduct, some observers worry about the long-lasting effect of his role.

Forbes’ Scott Mendelson suggests that his place in the film “will poison the entire franchise’s legacy” while Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, has said they he can “see why people are frustrated” with the situation.

Depp’s career – and bank balance – will partly hinge on whether Disney gives Captain Sparrow a sixth Pirates film (the last outing was a disappointment domestically but made $794m worldwide). But with each controversy, will audiences still turn up to watch him?


Trump’s VA pick, Ronny Jackson, withdraws nomination

April 26, 2018


Now that Dr. Ronny Jackson has withdrawn his nomination, the White House have has big problem on their hands: who to replace him with.

Ronny Jackson is pictured. | Getty Images


On Wednesday, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson denied that he wrecked a car, according to The Associated Press. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images


Several officials tell CNN there is no plan B. The reason David Shulkin lasted for so long when he was on the verge of being fired was because the White House couldn’t settle on a suitable replacement, until President Trump picked the White House physician on a whim.

Several names were floated previously — Pete Hegseth, Rick Perry — but there is no obvious choice here.

They are right back where they started, one official says.



Read Jackson’s full statement announcing he’s withdrawing as Trump’s VA pick

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson just announced he has withdrawn as Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Here’s his full statement:

One of the greatest honors in my life has been to serve this country as a physician both on the battlefield with United States Marines and as proud member of the United States Navy. It has been my distinct honor and privilege to work at the White House and serve three Presidents.Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity. The allegations against me are completely false and fabricated. If they had any merit, I would not have been selected, promoted and entrusted to serve in such a sensitive and important role as physician to three presidents over the past 12 years. In my role as a doctor, I have tirelessly worked to provide excellent care for all my patients. In doing so, I have always adhered to the highest ethical standards.Unfortunately, because of how Washington works, these false allegations have become a distraction for this President and the important issue we must be addressing – how we give the best care to our nation’s heroes.While I will forever be grateful for the trust and confidence President Trump has placed in me by giving me this opportunity, I am regretfully withdrawing my nomination to be Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs. I am proud of my service to the country and will always be committed to the brave veterans who volunteer to defend our freedoms.



See also:

Dem report: Jackson drunkenly crashed government vehicle

White House Mobilizes to Defend VA Pick Ronny Jackson — “Dead Man Walking?”

April 25, 2018

Lawmakers have postponed confirmation hearing, citing lack of documentation about past allegations

Ronny Jackson after a meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Ronny Jackson after a meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday. PHOTO: TOM WILLIAMS/ZUMA PRESS

WASHINGTON—The White House is preparing a “full-throated defense” of embattled Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson and will be asking the Senate to reschedule a confirmation hearing that lawmakers had postponed amid concerns about his performance as the president’s physician.

“We’ll be asking for the opportunity to be able to tell his story,” Marc Short, the White House’s legislative affairs chief, said Wednesday. One administration official said the White House plans to mobilize people who have worked with Dr. Jackson, as well as veterans’ groups who support his troubled nomination, as part of the push.

Dr. Jackson’s path from behind-the-scenes White House doctor to VA secretary nominee has renewed questions about the Trump administration’s vetting procedures. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have complained the White House hasn’t sent them adequate documentation supporting Dr. Jackson’s nomination.

An administration official described President Donald Trump as “bewildered” by the response to Dr. Jackson’s nomination, while acknowledging that prior vetting of the nominee could have helped stave off problems.

The White House communications office wasn’t alerted that Dr. Jackson would be nominated to serve as VA secretary until after Mr. Trump tweeted about it on March 28, an official said. The administration was still vetting Dr. Jackson when allegations of his drinking on the job and freely dispensing prescription drugs emerged this week.

In a private conversation on Tuesday, Mr. Trump asked Dr. Jackson about the allegations, a White House official said. The doctor denied them and said he wanted to persevere. Mr. Trump agreed to let him do that, though at a news conference earlier in the day he said he wouldn’t blame Dr. Jackson for pulling out.

Senators said one document they want to see is a 2012 audit by the U.S. Navy’s medical inspector general that described a difficult workplace environment in the White House medical office that he led under former President Barack Obama.

“We have not been told we will get it, but we damn well need it,” said Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, the top Democrat on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

A copy of the six-page audit, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, shows that Dr. Jackson clashed with a senior colleague in ways that left rank-and-file staff demoralized.

“The staff characterize the working environment as being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce, with one parent undermining and talking bad about the other,” the audit read.

The audit also described “a severe and pervasive lack of trust in the leadership that has deteriorated to the point that staff walk on ‘eggshells.’ ”

In his response to the audit, Dr. Jackson said that morale was far better than the report depicted.

The White House released an audit from the following year, 2013, that showed healthy majorities of medical unit staff felt “valued” and agreed that the work atmosphere had improved.

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee indefinitely postponed a confirmation hearing that had been planned for Wednesday. In a letter to the president, Mr. Tester and the committee chairman, Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.), asked for records of any “allegations or incidents” involving Dr. Jackson dating back 12 years.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Mr. Tester said the committee has fielded a range of complaints about Dr. Jackson from active duty and retired military officers.

The allegations include drinking on the job, belittling lower-ranking employees and handing out prescription drugs on flights to help people fall asleep and wake up, the senator said.

The White House has sought to rebut the allegations, releasing fitness reports and evaluations that included testimonials from Mr. Obama about Dr. Jackson’s work.

“Ronny does a great job—genuine enthusiasm, poised under pressure, incredible work ethic and follow through. Ronny continues to inspire confidence with the care he provides to me, my family and my team. Continue to promote ahead of peers,” Mr. Obama wrote in a 2016 evaluation of Dr. Jackson.

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Russia lawmakers draft list of U.S. imports that could be banned

April 13, 2018

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s lower house of parliament is to consider draft legislation that would give the Kremlin powers to ban or restrict a list of U.S. imports, reacting to new U.S. sanctions on a group of Russian tycoons and officials.

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Senior lawmakers in the State Duma, which is dominated by Kremlin loyalists, said they had prepared the list ranging from food and alcohol to medicine and consulting services in response to Washington’s move last week.

The Kremlin itself has not said if it backs the draft legislation – which would allow the government to impose the measures should the need arise – and it was not clear if would it become law in its current form. The Russian parliament is often used to send assertive messages to foreign states, but these do not always translate into concrete measures.

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Large-scale restrictions on U.S. goods and services would hurt American firms but could also cause significant disruption in Russia, where consumers flock to McDonald’s restaurants, fly on vacation in Boeing jets, and use Apple phones.

The draft law, according to a text seen by Reuters, is aimed at protecting Russia’s interests and security in the face of “unfriendly and unlawful acts by the United States of America and other foreign states”.

Russian currency and stock markets, preoccupied with the threat of U.S. military action in Syria and the fallout from Washington’s new sanctions, did not react to the draft legislation.

It is to be discussed in the lower house next week.


The proposed measures are in retaliation for the White House’s imposition of the toughest set of sanctions on Russia since Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014, which dragged relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.

Moscow reacted then with countersanctions banning a wide range of food imports from Western countries.

Russia imported $12.5 billion worth of U.S. products in 2017, according to official customs data. That included aircraft, machinery, pharmaceutical and chemical products.

The draft legislation would give authorities the power to impose bans or restrictions in multiple areas of trade with the United States if they deemed that Washington was threatening Russia’s interests.

The sectors listed in the draft which could be subject to bans or restrictions include U.S.-made software and farm goods, U.S. medicines that can be sourced elsewhere, and tobacco and alcohol.

It gives the government the power to ban cooperation with the United States on atomic power, rocket engines and aircraft making, and to bar U.S. firms from taking part in Russian privatization deals.

The provision of auditing, legal and consulting services by U.S. firms could also be subject to bans or restrictions, and curbs could be imposed on U.S. citizens working in Russia.

Western companies, including Ford Motor Co, PepsiCo Inc and Coca-Cola’s bottler Coca-Cola HBC, have also invested billions of dollars since the fall of the Soviet Union to set up local production in Russia.

Reporting by Dasha Korsunskaya; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Christian Lowe and David Stamp

Dwayne Johnson opens up about depression: ‘I was crying constantly’

April 2, 2018

Wrestler, actor and producer has made several recent comments to support others dealing with mental health issues and urged people to remember ‘you’re not alone’

By Roisin O’Connor

The Independent


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been praised for speaking openly about his struggle with mental health issues, after revealing he has suffered from depression that began when he was a teenager.

Speaking to The Express one month after posting on Instagram about an incident where he saved his mother from a suicide attempt, the semi-retired wrestler turned actor elaborated on how it had a profound impact on his own mental health.

“Struggle and pain is real,” he said. “I was devastated and depressed. I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”

The story about his mother emerged as he was shooting for the upcoming season of TV series Ballers. 

Writing on Instagram, Johnson referenced a scene where his character remembered his brother, who had taken his own life.

“Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family,” he wrote. “Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another. My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her.

“I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road. What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever,” he said. “Probably best she doesn’t. S**ts of a scene to shoot – didn’t like it – but it did reminder [sic] that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain.”

Johnson told the Express he could easily have become suicidal like his mother: “We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain.

“We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”

In response to the praise he has received since speaking out, he tweeted: “Thank you. We all go thru [sic] the sludge/s**t and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realise it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone.”

Dwayne Johnson


Got tons of responses to this. Thank you. We all go thru the sludge/shit and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone 

Dwayne Johnson opens up about depression battle, mom’s suicide attempt

Dwayne The Rock Johnson has opened up about his secret battle with his mental health after suffering from depression for decades.

Johnson recently starred in the sequel to popular 1995 film Jumanji alongside Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian and Nick Jonas.

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Michael Phelps: ‘I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life’

January 19, 2018

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Updated 5:29 AM ET, Fri January 19, 2018

(CNN)  Far from the familiar waters of an Olympic pool, swimmer Michael Phelps shared the story of his personal encounter with depression at a mental health conference in Chicago this week.

“You do contemplate suicide,” the winner of 28 Olympic medals told a hushed audience at the fourth annual conference of the Kennedy Forum, a behavioral health advocacy group.
Interviewed at the conference by political strategist David Axelrod (who is a senior political commentator for CNN), Phelps’ 20-minute discussion highlighted his battle against anxiety, depression. and suicidal thoughts — and some questions about his athletic prowess.

The ‘easy’ part

Asked what it takes to become a champion, Phelps, 32, immediately replied, “I think that part is pretty easy — it’s hard work, dedication, not giving up.”
Pressed for more details, the Baltimore native described the moment his coach told his parents he could become an Olympian and he recalled the taste of defeat when losing a race by “less than half a second” at his first Olympics in Sydney in 2000, which meant returning home without a medal.
“I wanted to come home with hardware,” said Phelps, acknowledging this feeling helped him break his first world record at age 15 and later win his first gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.
“I was always hungry, hungry, and I wanted more,” said Phelps. “I wanted to push myself really to see what my max was.”
Intensity has a price.
“Really, after every Olympics I think I fell into a major state of depression,” said Phelps when asked to pinpoint when his trouble began. He noticed a pattern of emotion “that just wasn’t right” at “a certain time during every year,” around the beginning of October or November, he said. “I would say ’04 was probably the first depression spell I went through.”
That was the same year that Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, Axelrod reminded the spellbound audience.
And there was a photo taken in fall 2008 — just weeks after he’d won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics — that showed Phelps smoking from a bong. He later apologized and called his behavior “regrettable.”
Drugs were a way of running from “whatever it was I wanted to run from,” he said. “It would be just me self-medicating myself, basically daily, to try to fix whatever it was that I was trying to run from.”
Phelps punctuated his wins at the Olympic games in 2004, 2008 and 2012 with self-described “explosions.”
If you suspect someone may be at risk:

1. Do not leave the person alone.

2. Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.

3. Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

4. Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more tips and warning signs,click here.


The “hardest fall” was after the 2012 Olympics, said Phelps. “I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore … I didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
What that “all-time low” looked like was Phelps sitting alone for “three to five days” in his bedroom, not eating, barely sleeping and “just not wanting to be alive,” he said.
Finally, Phelps knew he needed help.

‘I wasn’t ready’


“I remember going to treatment my very first day, I was shaking, shaking because I was nervous about the change that was coming up,” Phelps told Axelrod. “I needed to figure out what was going on.”
His first morning in treatment, a nurse woke him at 6 a.m. and said, “Look at the wall and tell me what you feel.”
On the wall hung eight basic emotions, he recalled.
“How do you think I feel right now, I’m pretty ticked off, I’m not happy, I’m not a morning person,” he angrily told the nurse, laughing now at the memory.
Once he began to talk about his feelings, “life became easy.” Phelps told Axelrod, “I said to myself so many times, ‘Why didn’t I do this 10 years ago?’ But, I wasn’t ready.”
“I was very good at compartmentalizing things and stuffing things away that I didn’t want to talk about, I didn’t want to deal with, I didn’t want to bring up — I just never ever wanted to see those things,” said Phelps.
He has implemented stress management into programs offered by the Michael Phelps Foundation, and works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Today he understands that “it’s OK to not be OK” and that mental illness “has a stigma around it and that’s something we still deal with every day,” said Phelps. “I think people actually finally understand it is real.
People are talking about it and I think this is the only way that it can change.”


“That’s the reason why suicide rates are going up — people are afraid to talk and open up,” said Phelps.
Today, by sharing his experience he has the chance to reach people and save lives — “and that’s way more powerful,” he said.
“Those moments and those feelings and those emotions for me are light years better than winning the Olympic gold medal,” said Phelps.
“I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life.”

Fox News Doctor Spreads Marijuana Propaganda

January 4, 2018

Dr. Marc Siegel appeared on the Fox News Channel morning program on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 and had nothing good to say about California’s new marijuana law. Siegel is convinced that marijuana in a “gateway drug” and poses a danger for many people who are pregnant, driving a motor vehicle, or working in an academic environment. He seemed to say that routine, prolonged use caused brain damage. Peace and Freedom will try to get the video of his remarks Wednesday on “Fox and Friends” because he issued a clear cautionary note to California….

Read more: National Institutes of Health Report Include

The video is at

Patterns of alcohol consumption may have an impact on dementia risk

“The Catholic Guide to Depression,” by Aaron Kheriaty, MD and Fr. John Cihak, STD.

Talented ... Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at Sundance Film Festival in January. Picture: AP.

Talented … Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at Sundance Film Festival in January. Picture: AP. Source: AP



The casket of Philip Seymour Hoffman leaves the Church of St Ignatius in Manhattan on Friday as family and friends mourned the loss of the talented actor

The casket of Philip Seymour Hoffman leaves the Church of St Ignatius in Manhattan as family and friends mourned the loss of the talented actor who died at age 46.

John Belushi

From left to right: Philip Seymour Hoffman; Cory Monteith; Lindsay Lohan and Heath Ledger

“Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin. Many believe he is addicted to heroin.


Angry: Charlie is reportedly furious that his ex has fled rehab

Angry? Charlie Sheen

Alec Baldwin and a member of the paparazzi get into an altercation in New York City, outside of Grey Dog restaurant, in front of the actors wife, Hilaria, on Aug. 27, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Freddie Baez /

Alec Baldwin, paparazzi member scuffle in New York in front of Hilaria


The Number of Great Entertainers Felled by Drugs and Alcohol Is Staggering

Compiled by Peace and Freedom



Amy Winehouse predicted that she would join the ghostly ranks of the 27 Club
One of the greatest tragedies to strike previously was the death of Heath Ledger, who played the Joker in The Dark Knight. The actor was found dead in his Manhattan apartment in January 2008



Nearly one year after Whitney Houston‘s shocking death, her mom Cissy Houston often asks herself: “Could I have saved her somehow?”


Fallen star: Mindy McCready reached the peak of her career with her debut single 'Ten Thousand Angels' in 1996


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John Belushi

Jim Morrison

Marilyn Monroe

“Stars” that died of drugs and alcohol:




Brain problems: Junior Seau experienced insomnia and other symptoms of brain trauma after retiring from the NFL - he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest so his brain could be studied.


Brain problems: Junior Seau experienced insomnia and  other symptoms of brain trauma after retiring from the NFL – he committed  suicide by shooting himself in the chest so his brain could be studied

Is Marijuana A Gateway Drug? — East Coast TV Doctor Warns Californians

January 3, 2018

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Dr. Marc Siegel appeared on the Fox News Channel morning program on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 and had nothing good to say about California’s new marijuana law. Siegel is convinced that marijuana in a “gateway drug” and poses a danger for many people who are pregnant, driving a motor vehicle, or working in an academic environment. He seemed to say that routine, prolonged use caused brain damage. Peace and Freedom will try to get the video of his remarks Wednesday on “Fox and Friends” because he issued a clear cautionary note to California….

Below is from the National Institutes of Health….

Some research suggests that marijuana use is likely to precede use of other licit and illicit substances46 and the development of addiction to other substances. For instance, a study using longitudinal data from the National Epidemiological Study of Alcohol Use and Related Disorders found that adults who reported marijuana use during the first wave of the survey were more likely than adults who did not use marijuana to develop an alcohol use disorder within 3 years; people who used marijuana and already had an alcohol use disorder at the outset were at greater risk of their alcohol use disorder worsening.47 Marijuana use is also linked to other substance use disorders including nicotine addiction.


Early exposure to cannabinoids in adolescent rodents decreases the reactivity of brain dopamine reward centers later in adulthood.48 To the extent that these findings generalize to humans, this could help explain the increased vulnerability for addiction to other substances of misuse later in life that most epidemiological studies have reported for people who begin marijuana use early in life.49 It is also consistent with animal experiments showing THC’s ability to “prime” the brain for enhanced responses to other drugs.50 For example, rats previously administered THC show heightened behavioral response not only when further exposed to THC but also when exposed to other drugs such as morphine—a phenomenon called cross-sensitization.51

These findings are consistent with the idea of marijuana as a “gateway drug.” However, the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, “harder” substances. Also, cross-sensitization is not unique to marijuana. Alcohol and nicotine also prime the brain for a heightened response to other drugs52 and are, like marijuana, also typically used before a person progresses to other, more harmful substances.

It is important to note that other factors besides biological mechanisms, such as a person’s social environment, are also critical in a person’s risk for drug use. An alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drug-taking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances such as marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with others who use drugs increases their chances of trying other drugs. Further research is needed to explore this question.

December 2017