Category archives: Articles

  • By David L. Cottrell Smoking is a major contributor to diseases such as emphysema, C.O.P.D., and lung cancer.  It can worsen high blood pressure and diabetes.  Smokers are more likely to have strokes.  Smokers are more susceptible to colds, flu, and other infections.  About 85-90% of C.O.P.D. cas[...]
  • Marijuana was placed under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in 1972 because it has "no accepted medical use". Since then, 23 states and Washington, DC have legalized medical marijuana. Some states allow users to grow their own, while others allow only commercial growth and sales. Medical [...]
  • Another drug on the long list of drugs we have recently reported on at Drug and Alcohol Presentations, Incorporated is Flakka, which is yet another killer drug making the rounds in our region. It is especially troublesome in Kentucky, and is moving into West Virginia and Ohio. Flakka is a street [...]
  • By David Cottrell and Sarrah J. Woods While it is widely known that heroin is one of the most physically addictive drugs, not as many people realize that the heroin epidemic in the U.S. is growing by leaps and bounds.  Heroin has become a cheaper alternative to opioids and other drugs; and as law[...]
  • In its September 8-15, 2014 issue, TIME magazine compiled the latest statistics from government organizations and cited addiction experts David Nutt and Lawrence D. Phillips to reveal these facts: although other drugs, such as heroin and LSD, have gained prominence of growth in number of users over [...]
  • Marijuana is addictive; can lead to harder, stronger drug use; interferes with fertility; impairs driving ability; and injures the lungs, immune system and brain. Some short-term effects on the brain are distorted perceptions of sights, sounds, time, and touch; problems with learning; loss of coo[...]
  • In the most recent aftermath of three overdose deaths on a drug named Ecstasy, I felt it was about time to write an article on the drug itself. If you have been watching the TV news, you might have noticed that a young man and a young woman lost their lives at a festival in new York and a girl, only[...]
  • Fake speed is new to the drug scene and it, like K-2 or synthetic marijuana, and synthetic cocaine is legal, but by no means safe. It can be purchased online or in head shops and is a white or yellowish powder labeled as “bath salts” or “plant food.” It is sold in packets or small containers and con[...]
  • Kratom is a drug of abuse that has been popular in Southeast Asia,m but is relatively new to the United States. IF is a potentially dangerous drug that must be treated with care and never abused. The FDA dose not currently impose any restrictions on its growth, sale, or consumption. Many countries c[...]
  • Addiction is a chronic medical illness. The brain has been injured. People lose their jobs their wives, their families,. Some overdose and die as a result of this disease. It should be treated like any other disease is treated, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Relapse is part of the disea[...]
  • Cocaine abuse and addiction continues to be a problem that plagues our nation. However, through sophisticated technology, scientists can actually see the dynamic changes that occur in the brain of a person who takes the drug. We now know more about how cocaine acts in the brain, how it produces its [...]