Category: Addiction

As Sick As Your Secret

first person testimony

I take the subway from Central Park West down to Brooklyn. I’m headed to a party that some old friends from college are having. These are my chique, New York friends who unintentionally make me feel like a country bumpkin. My winter coat didn’t look so boxy, and my boots didn’t seem that scuffed, until …

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World History of Drugs (Part V)

The following is part five in a series by author, George Lewis.  The 80s have arrived and the election of Reagan, drugs, and the Nicaraguan Civil War begins the evolution of the Iran-Contra Scandal, the betrayal of America in general and the betrayal of Black and Brown America specifically is about to take place. The …

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World History of Drugs (Part IV)

The following is part four in a series by author, George Lewis.  The year is 1980 and America is in upheaval at every level of society, distrust of government and the power structure is the norm. Jimmy Carter’s failed attempt at rescuing the Americans that were taken hostage at the American Embassy in Teheran on …

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Taking on Tobacco: Why People Keep Smoking

This article was originally published in the August 2006 issue of The Phoenix Spirit. Some numbers and reports about smoking may have since changed. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Smoking is bad for you. For more than 55 years, we’ve known that tobacco is bad for our health — so bad that …

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World History of Drugs (Part III)

The following is part three in a series by author, George Lewis.  The United States is a reluctant world power. All eyes are on Europe watching and waiting as Hitler rises to power. It is 1933 and America is still feeling the sting of its participation in World War I which it had just ended …

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World History of Drugs (Part II)

The following is part two in a series by author, George Lewis.  The United States needed money after the Revolutionary had been won to pay off its’ debt, the taxation of alcohol in 1791, was the solution, America learned quickly that using alcohol policy and later drug laws to control (Chinese) immigrants after they helped …

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What Do You Know About Dope?

The following is part one in a series from author, George Lewis. Opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of The Phoenix Spirit. The country now called the United States of America was originally not a country but thirteen colonies, ruled by British law, policy and politics. The American Revolutionary War, which …

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