Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

Viral Justice: Was mom on drugs?

Viral Justice: Was mom on drugs?

Police say a video was posted to Facebook showing a mom apparently nodding out on a Philadelphia bus while her little daughter tries to wake her up.  At points the daughter holds her mother’s head up so she doesn’t fall over.  People who saw the video say the mom appeared to be on drugs.

The video went viral and sparked a police investigation. Now, that little girl had been taken away from her mother.

Mayor Rob Ford in another disturbing video

Mayor Rob Ford in another disturbing video

Toronto’s disgraced mayor is caught on video completely obliterated…again!  Mayor Rob Ford admitted he was drinking the night the video was taken.  In the video the mayor is mumbling in a Jamaican accent.  Following his first scandal, which forced the mayor to admit he had smoked crack, Ford vowed to stop drinking alcohol.  He is calling this latest incident a “minor setback” and a “private matter”.

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Demi Lovato: I needed cocaine every half hour

Demi Lovato: I needed cocaine every half hour

Singer Demi Lovato revealed her battle with drugs and detailed her past cocaine addiction.  Lovato said at her worst she couldn’t go more than 30 minutes without using drugs. She spoke very candidly to Access Hollywood about her addiction and her climb back to sobriety.

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Krokodil: The deadly, flesh-eating street drug

Krokodil: The deadly, flesh-eating street drug

There is a new drug reportedly hitting the streets in the U.S. and the side effects are horrific.  The drug, called Krokodil, has been used in Russia for a few years but incidents in the U.S. are fairly recent.  The drug is called Krokodil because it makes your skin look scaly and often turns it green or even purple. The side effects don’t stop there as it eats away at your skin and leaves disturbing wounds.

The drug is more potent than heroin but is homemade using codeine and gasoline, lighter fluid, industrial cleaners, and even acid. It is cheap but extremely dangerous.

Did Bon Jovi's daughter almost OD on heroin?

Did Bon Jovi's daughter almost OD on heroin?

A young woman believed to be the daughter of singer Jon Bon Jovi nearly died of a heroin overdose. Police say a student at Hamilton College by the name of Stephanie Bongiovi was rushed to the hospital after being found unresponsive in her dorm room.

Bongiovi was arrested, but charges against her were dropped on Thursday because the District Attorney’s office says a New York law states that the victim of an overdose can’t face charges for having the drugs they overdosed on.

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Jael Strauss was a former contestant on "America's Next Top Model."

From top model to meth addict?

Jael Strauss was a finalist on “America’s Next Top Model” on the CW Network five year ago.  Strauss landed top modeling jobs and was raking in the cash.  But now, her skin is dull and scarred and her teeth are rotting.  She is now homeless and her family says it is all because she is addicted to crystal meth.

Her mother and brother hunted her down in the streets of Los Angeles to bring her to Dr. Phil’s show to get her some help.

Principal parties with drugs at school?

Principal parties with drugs at school?

An elementary school principal is accused of hosting “wild drug parties” on campus during school hours. Police in Florida have arrested principal David Groover. They allege he gave drugs to an undercover officer who was at his home as part of an elaborate sting operation. Police charged Groover with possession of meth, GHB (the so-called "date rape drug"), marijuana and steroids.

Principal Groover was in charge of a school that had kids from kindergarten through fifth grade. Complaints filed against him alleged he held “office parties during school hours” and that the “staff are allowed to do drugs and have alcohol on campus.”

What 'bath salts' can do to you

What 'bath salts' can do to you

Police say at least three cases of extreme violence could be tied to a drug called “bath salts." All three cases involve “flesh-eating” of the victim.  

“Bath salts” is a designer drug that is still legal in some states and is sold online. They come in capsules, powders or tablets and can be snorted, injected or swallowed. Experts say these drugs combine the worst aspects of existing drugs and are extremely addictive and dangerous.

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