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March 14, 2007 By Jordan Miller

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While in the field, Us reporters often run across celebrities doing everything from smoking pot to snorting lines of cocaine in private parties and clubs. Of course, drug and alcohol use among celebrities is nothing new, but in a frightening turn, it appears to have become more publicly accepted.

One source recalls a recent star-studded New Year’s Eve bash in Miami: “There were lines of coke on the table, weed everywhere. It was insane. It was a very free atmosphere.”

Notes the scenester, “Coke is so not a big deal for young stars in Hollywood. It’s like having a drink.”

Indeed, a stay in rehab once killed a person’s career, but now celebrities openly disclose their drug use in interviews: Lohan admitted to drug use in Vanity Fair; singer Fergie has been candid about her former crystal meth addiction; Justin Timberlake has admitted he was stoned when he recorded his multiplatinum CD Justified; and John Mayer – currently dating Jessica Simpson, daughter of a former Baptist minister — gave Rolling Stone an interview while puffing on a marijuana vaporizer.

Which other stars have confessed to past drug use? What boldface names have been caught in the act? Why is drug use becoming more open in Hollywood? For more details on celebrities’ hard-partying ways, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands this week.

More shocking alleged tales of Britney Spears’ questionable mothering skills have surfaced. According to a former nanny, Britney was simultaneously drinking and breast-feeding her youngest son, Jayden James, during one of her wild party nights in Las Vegas last year. “It was 10:30 at night, and Britney had been drinking the whole evening,” she tells OK!. “She took the shot while Jayden was still attached to her breast.” The nanny also sheds light on Britney’s lack of connection with her boys and more on the destructive behavior that landed the troubled pop princess in rehab…

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