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Stoned age: COVID-19 pandemic fuels surge in cannabis use as shuttered nightclubs force revelers to cut down on 'party drugs' like cocaine, ecstasy, and LSD

Recreational narcotics users have ditched ‘party drugs’ like cocaine, ecstasy, and LSD in favor of marijuana as the pandemic shut down nightclubs while forcing people to isolate at home, a new study has found. Researchers at New York University’s Langone Health Center surveyed 128 adults in New York City to see how this past spring’s lockdown affected the local party scene. Their findings were published in the December edition of the journal Substance Use & Misuse. According to the study, 78.6 per cent of those surveyed reported using less cocaine; 71.1 per cent said they cut down on their use of ecstasy (also known as MDMA); and 68 per cent said they were consuming less LSD. The study also found that of those who still use cocaine, 66.7 per cent reported using less of it while just 29 per cent of marijuana users said they were consuming less of the drug. Less than half of all ecstasy users - 44. 7 per cent - said they were taking less of the drug while 48 per cent of LSD users sai

Surgeon General calls on states to relax rules to get more people vaccinated as thousands of seniors camp out overnight in Florida - as NY threatens to fine hospitals that don't use supplies but also if they give shots to the WRONG people

The Surgeon General has called on US states to relax their guidelines in order to get more Americans vaccinated as thousands of Florida seniors camped out in their cars overnight to get their shots and New York threatened to fine hospitals for not using up supplies amid a train wreck vaccine rollout across the country.     Just 4.66 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the US in the last three weeks despite federal officials having distributed 15.4 million doses to the states. It means more than two-thirds of the vaccines shipped within the US have gone unused and just 1.4 percent of the population has been vaccinated even as cases, deaths and hospitalizations continue to surge across the US. One in 930 Americans have now died from COVID-19 with the death toll surging past 353,000 and the seven-day rolling average for fatalities at just over 2,600 per day. There were 180,477 new infections across the country on Monday and a record 128,210 patients currently being tre

'Don't argue with fools!' Top Democrat Cedric Richmond warns party's reps not to get dragged into debate in Congress over Republicans' bid to overturn the election results on Wednesday

President Trump's demand that Congress overturn the election results in states he lost has provoked a split in his party – and Democratic leaders are now cautioning their own members to steer clear of arguments when the vote gets certified. Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat who is joining the incoming Biden administration as director of White House engagement, has told colleagues there isn't an upside to jumping into a point-by-point clash over Trump's election fraud claims. 'You don't argue with fools, because at a distance you can’t tell who the fool is,' he said on a party conference call Monday, Politico reported.   'You don't argue with fools,' Representative Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana is urging colleauges House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is mindful of the spectacle that the election challenges could provoke – and wants her members to be 'dignified' through the process – although unsubstantiated allegations of widespre

British patrol boat boards Irish trawler and stops it from fishing contested Rockall waters in first post-Brexit fisheries clash

An Irish trawler was blocked from fishing in UK waters in the first such clash since the post-Brexit trade deal was signed, it emerged last night. The Northern Celt was boarded and its skipper told that he can no longer fish within 12 nautical miles of a contested rocky outcrop in the North Atlantic Ocean. The skipper said that a Scottish patrol vessel told him that due to Brexit he could no longer fish around Rockall, which lies 260 miles west of Scotland’s Western Isles. He said the area counts for 30 per cent of his annual catch. BREAKING: Fresh dispute over #Rockall after Scottish patrol boat blocks County Donegal fishing vessel from entering its waters, with skipper told it¿s result of #Brexit Full story coming up on @rtenews @franmcnulty @seanwhelanRTE @tconnellyRTE — Vincent Kearney (@vincekearney) January 5, 2021 BREAKING: Fresh dispute over #Rockall after Scottish patrol boat blocks County Donegal fishing vessel from entering its waters, with skipper

Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian slams 'racist, sexist' tournament boss for saying the 39-year-old should show 'decency' and retire because of her 'age and weight'

Serena Williams's husband Alexis Ohanian is slamming retired tennis player Ion Tiriac as a racist and sexist after the 81-year-old suggested that she should retire due to her age and weight. '2021 and no holding back when a racist/sexist clown with a platform comes for my family,' Ohanian tweeted Monday. Tiriac, who ranked as high as No. 8 in the world in 1968 and now owns the Madrid Open, recently told Romanian journalist Irina Păcurariu that the 39-year-old Williams should step away from the sport, claiming she no longer moves quickly. Serena Williams 's husband Alexis Ohanian is slamming retired tennis player Ion Tiriac as a racist and sexist after he suggested that she should retire due to her age and weigh Ion Tiriac said Williams should show 'decency' and retire because of her age and weight Serena Williams of the United States in action against Kristie Ahn of the United States in the first round of the Women's Singles competition on September 28. Sh

'This is now a race between the virus and the vaccine': Keir Starmer urges the government to create a 'round-the-clock' inoculation scheme to get Britain 'out of this nightmare'

Sir Keir Starmer has urged the Government to use the third national lockdown in England to create a 'round-the-clock' vaccination scheme in order to end 'this nightmare'. In a televised response to Boris Johnson's statement, the Labour leader reiterated that his party supports the new measures being imposed and would back them in a Commons vote - but said his party will continue to scrutinise the Prime Minister. 'The British people have sacrificed so much but, thanks to the dedication and brilliance of our scientists, there is hope of a way out of this nightmare,' Sir Keir said, calling on the nation to 'recapture the spirit' of the beginning of the pandemic. 'That means using this lockdown to establish a massive, immediate, and round-the-clock vaccination programme to deliver millions of doses a week by the end of the month in every village and town, every high street and every GP surgery,' he continued. 'We need our businesses and publ