My Law Life

by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

Top 5 Abused Drugs In My Area




I was asked this morning about the most abused drugs in my community, and so I’ve given it a lot of thought.


Here’s The Top Five List:


1.  Alcohol.


Typically, alcohol is the first drug used illegally (by underage residents) in most communities. Deaths, injuries and arrests do little to deter local religious fervor for this politically-favored, prehistoric and psychoactive substance made out of ethanol, a product that might be good for your car, but not for you.



2.  Nicotine.


Tobacco products are as unhealthy and addictive as ever to the individual user, according to recent studies. And now E-cigarettes are simply the latest in a neauseating line of nicotine-laden product.

Cigarette butts litter our downtown sidewalks, and discarded cigarette packs litter our rural roads.  Need I say more?



3.  Opiates (including heroin and abused prescription drugs).


The majority of these cases involve the misuse, trading and selling of prescription narcotics. But, the use of illegal heroin – and heroin-related deaths – are ever on the rise in communities such as ours.

Meanwhile, pity our poor physicians who are being overwhelmed by pill-seekers, complaining of mysterious pain. Hypochondria abounds . . . and so does dangerous chemical addiction.



4.  Caffeine.


Not talking about coffee drinkers here.

I am referring to the pill poppers of this legal product, including truckers who pass through our region and individuals seeking the so-called boost offered by pills and caffeine-based “energy” drinks.

And what about the athlete wannabes who “fuel up” before at-bats and races — those to whom I would address this simple question: “Was it you, or the drug?”

Just because a product is “legal” doesn’t make it healthy or safe. For example, in the case of “amped up” truck drivers: “The fact that any person charged with [DUI] is legally entitled to use any drug or drugs … shall not constitute a defense …” 625 ILCS 5/11-501(b).



5.  Cannabis.


Absent significant change in the Legislature, marijuana use remains illegal for “recreational” purposes in Illinois – at least for the time being.  Far less dangerous than alcohol, the product is addictive and typically makes one lethargic. For the general population, marijuana use is a great waster of time, at very best.



CONCLUSION: My advice, as usual, is to #BeReal and #BeYou and to assist others in doing so.  Set a good example by avoiding the above-identified products, as well as other obviously illicit substances, and . . . take necessary medication only as prescribed.


Scott Ealy



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January 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm

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