The Who drummer, Keith Moon, would be 70 years old on this day. He described himself as the “greatest Keith Moon-type drummer in the world,” and abhorred the repetition of rote rock drumming – as well as the repetition in life in general. “Keith Moon, he’s really orchestrated, like a timpani player or a cymbal player in an orchestra,” said Janes Addiction’s Stephen Perkins. “He’s making you know that this is an important part, even though it might not be exactly at the end of the four bars. I love that drama, that theater and I love the emotion.” Moon’s favorite stunt, though, was flushing powerful explosives down hotel toilets, a trick he pulled until 1978, when he died from a drug overdose at age 31. Photograph by Chris Morphet


“Here’s a 67 year-old actress that lets the camera one millimeter from her face. She was wearing make up, no makeup, and sometimes makeup that made her worse. And, you know, just completely no vanity, complete surrender to the world, complete surrender to the material.”

-Darren Aronofsky on Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream.

Do you ever sit there and wonder why you’re still alive? After all the attempted overdoses on painkillers, the amount you smoke, all the alcohol you’ve consumed, the experiments with drugs..You do all this self destructive shit and you’re still alive and you don’t know why?
Toronto board of health approves supervised injection sites
Final approval left to council after emotional board meeting sees overwhelming support for harm reduction measure

The loudest voices advocating for supervised injection sites in Toronto in a committee room at city hall on Monday were those who could not be there in person.

Brooklyn McNeil, 22. Brad Chapman, 43. A loved one who collapsed in a Tim Horton’s bathroom and never made it out alive.

The stories of Toronto residents who died of overdoses on Toronto streets were heard for hours by board of health members, told by their friends, family and support workers at an emotional meeting that saw an overwhelming push for what advocates say would be a life-saving measure.

The board unanimously agreed, signalling a new approach to harm reduction as a public health problem — one that has yet to be implemented in Ontario.

Members backed a recommendation from outgoing chief medical officer of health, Dr. David McKeown, to move forward with three sites proposed within existing community health centres on Queen St. W., near Yonge and Dundas Sts. and in Leslieville. Final approval will be sought at council next week.

“Brooklyn McNeil was not an exception. People are dying every week,” said John MacDonald, a harm reduction worker at Eva’s Satellite homeless shelter where McNeil — a Thunder Bay native who struggled herself with addiction and mental health from a young age — had become an advanced peer worker.

She died of an overdose on June 22. She would have been 23 on Tuesday.

“She’d still be alive if there was a safe injection site. She didn’t even really have a chance to live anywhere near a full life,” MacDonald said. “Every week we’re getting emails about someone overdosing and dying. It’s going to get worse unless we have safe injections sites. They may not save everybody, but even one life — it’s worth opening them.”

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“Sleeping pills are my escape from my thoughts and an outlet for a new thought. The thought to just take a few more.” There really is no escape from your thoughts.
—  2 a.m. Thoughts

From Keanu Reeves:
“Most people know me, but don’t know my story. At the age of 3, I watched my father leave. I attended four different high schools and struggled with dyslexia, making my education more challenging than it is for most. Eventually I left high school without earning a diploma. At the age of 23, my closest friend River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. In 1998, I met Jennifer Syme. We fell instantly in love and by 1999, Jennifer was pregnant with our daughter. Sadly, after eight months, our child was born stillborn. We were devastated by her death and it eventually ended our relationship. 18 months later, Jennifer died in a car accident. Since then I avoid serious relationships and having kids. My younger sister had lukemia. Today she is cured, and I donated 70% of my gains from the movie Matrix to Hospitals that treat leukemia. I am one of the only Hollywood stars without a Mansion. I don’t have any bodyguards and do not wear fancy clothes. And even though I’m worth $100 million, I still ride the subway and I love it! So in the end, I think we can all pretty well agree that even in the face of tragedy, a stellar person can thrive. No matter what’s going on in your life, you can overcome it! Life is worth living.”

The little-known but deadly drug that killed Prince

The American opioid epidemic claimed another victim, the Midwest medical examiner’s office confirmed on Thursday.

Fenatyl claimed Prince’s life, like it did the life of 1,245 people in Ohio alone in 2014. The opioid, 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin, is available in regular pharmaceuticals.  

“It is so potent and so deadly that even a microgram amount can kill someone,” said Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman Rusty Payne.