Surrounded by cold cement walls, only a thin sliver of 3 inch wide window gives any indication of a world outside. Two inches of stiff vinyl-covered ‘mattress’ separates my sore body from the cement floor. Ignoring the pain shooting through my limbs, I lay on the mattress in the only way possible, counting the dozen inches between my feet and the open commode. Although my preference would normally be to lie where I can see outside, the close proximity to the toilet intervenes. For now I prefer to face the steel orifice, my head 3 inches from one of two permanently placed steel stools. The irony is not lost here. My life is in the toilet.

alcohol abuse facts Fact: Children are exposed to drugs earlier and earlier in their lives. By survey, 45% of the children in public schools in the U.S. have tried drugs or alcohol, or are using them, by the 8th grade.

substance abuse faces The officer had every right to haul me in to jail. But he did not. He asked if anyone in the car could drive and luckily my client was able to drive and we got home safely. Each time, the officer involved was white. These experiences would lead me to conclude that there is no racial profiling. But that would be err. Even though it has not been my experience, I know that racial profiling is real and it is a continuing unjust but vital part of police work. And the really sad part of the story is that most Black police officers look the other way because they want to fit in — to be one of the boys.

As you can see these alcohol statistics paint a very bleak picture. Chances are if you are reading this then you are concerned with the amount of alcohol you or someone else is consuming. Here are 3 ways to help reverse the damage done by consuming alcohol.

drug abuse facts Many of these people in the shelter, didn’t look like the stereo-typical of the homeless…old, ragged clothes; beard; weathered faces! Many of them, looked like the neighbor next door; good appearance; good communications…they looked like they could put on a coat and tie and go work at the bank down the street. They seemed to be out of place, and that’s scary enough! Could more and more people be falling through the cracks, because of job losses, the nation-wide mortgage problem, and a greedy society?

I love the guitar and organ intro to Virginia. It is a dialog song with a great, memorable chorus. The subject is well known among the late night bar crowd. It is a song of loneliness and hanging on to the last available companion for the night. The lyrics and melodies of this song are excellent.

Archie Griffin has the distinction of being the only player in Heisman Award history to win the trophy twice. He did so in 1974 and 1975 while playing with Ohio State.

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