Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013

My eBook went live today on most book seller websites. If you are battling with the disease of drug addiction or alcoholism or you know someone who is, I urge you to take a look at my story. I hope I can be an example of what anyone can accomplish with regards to banishing drugs and alcohol from their lives. Amazon as well as Smashwords, currently has it available. It should be available on iBook in the middle of next week.  "Lying on the Ground Looking Up"

Friday, April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013


What on earth are the promoters of legalized Marijuana thinking? How can anyone think that the legalization of a “dangerous” mind bending drug be a good thing for our country? I have to believe that anyone endorsing smoking pot as beneficial to society in any manner must themselves be partaking in this mind-numbing pastime.


Any argument about Cannabis being useful for medicinal purposes to say the least is unwarranted. We currently have an array of legal and controlled prescription drugs that can accomplish and exceed the benefits of Pot.  Some are a derivative of THC combined with Cannabidiol and delivered in a mouth spray while avoiding the adverse effects of smoked marijuana. With the passage of the “Affordable Health Act” (Obamacare) and its supposedly all inclusive coverage for everyone, there is no reason for anyone to resort to street drugs for pain control. These drugs are also controlled for a reason and are monitored by a physician for both effectiveness and addictiveness.  If for some reason these drugs are not available to everyone, perhaps we should spend more time, effort and money in curing this problem instead of creating a new one.


Who thinks the workplace will be enhanced by these new laws? Loss of productivity, which is a given, can only exacerbate our problems in an already competitive business arena where competition from overseas and other drug free parts of the world is so keen. Make no mistake productivity will be severely impacted.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a study done among postal workers found that employees who tested positive for marijuana on a pre-employment urine drug test  had 55 percent more industrial accidents, 85 percent more injuries, and a 75 percent increase in absenteeism compared with those who tested negative for marijuana use.  The question I have with this study is why were these people who tested positive for drug use hired in the first place, but that’s another topic for another blog.


Another area to be considered is the ability of someone under the influence of Cannabis to make intelligent decisions. According to the NIH, “marijuana’s negative effect on attention, memory, and learning can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off.  Consequently, someone who smokes marijuana daily may be functioning at a reduced level most or all of the time.” Who would knowingly hire someone who is not up to full speed? Think about this! Would you?


I am not aware of anyone who has done a study on the overall negative costs associated with marijuana use but I’m sure the amount would be staggering. Can you imagine how many business decisions alone are made on a daily basis, while under the influence of this supposedly recreational drug? The argument most often put forth by the pro marijuana lobby is that people are going to use this drug anyway so why not make it legal and enjoy tax benefits from it. This a totally absurd argument as the loss in productivity not to mention the social malaise resulting from this mind-bending drug more than offset any potential tax gain. How irrational a thought we would throw the welfare of our country overboard just to collect more in taxes.


There are many other arguments to be made with regards to this idiotic rush to legalize stupid behavior, but I will save them for future blogs.  We haven’t touched on the effect of this drug on our youth, health, driving…….. Well you get the point. This is a Pandora’s Box and I hope we come to our senses before it’s too late to close the lid.


Richard Charron

Saturday, April 13, 2013


I’ m seeking people to interview for my next book which has a working title of “Slices of Americana”. My goal is to interview people from all segments of life here in America to discover their personal stories, life, success, ambitions … I also would like to know what makes them happy, sad etc. Financial success stories are welcome though not necessary. My primary interest is talking to people who measure their success in happiness and spirituality.

If you know of anyone who you believe has an interesting, unique and compelling story to tell and who would be willing to share it, please ask them to contact me. If you would like me to initiate the contact please send me an email to that effect or give me a call. Not everyone will fit the storyline but I would really like the opportunity to talk to them. If you would be good enough to share this on your timeline, I would appreciate it very much.


Richard Charron Author


Friday, April 12, 2013

According to an article I read this morning in Prevention Magazine, "more than 38 million adults binge drink and average of four times per month". While 18 to 34 year olds are more likely to go overboard, it's actually the over 65 set that does it most often. According to this article "overindulging in alcohol is responsible for more than 80,000 deaths in this country per year, and this is the third leading cause of preventable deaths".

"How much alcohol means you're overdoing it? For women, binge drinking means having four or more drinks in a short period of time, compared to five or more for men".

"Alcohol is also a factor in approximately 60 percent of fatal burn injuries and drownings, 40 percent of fatal falls and car accidents, and half of all sexual assaults according to the National Institute on Alcohol And Alcoholism (NIAAA)"

"If your family, friends, or co-workers have hinted (of flat out vocalized) that they are worried about you, it's time to cut back" If you question whether or not your use of alcohol is causing problems in your life the chances are excellent that they are and perhaps it's time to address this serious problem.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My book is only a few weeks away from final edit and publication. My hope is, if you are battling this insidious disease, somewhere in the pages, you will find something to which you can relate. Remember you are not alone in battling these demons. Not everyone will succeed but you can, if you are ready to do so. There are no half steps. I urge you to spend some time with the people at Alcoholics Anonymous if for no other reason than to get a good foundation on which to base your recovery. You will hear many slogans such as: “keep the plug in the jug”, “one day at a time”, “don’t enter the lion’s den unless you are a lion tamer” and my favorite “keep it simple”.  These are more than slogans. Let them be warning signs as you struggle to contain and control the constant search for euphoria you will endure in the early going. This disease is insidious and will never relax its attempt to lure you back, but you must remain strong if you ever hope to enjoy everything life has to offer. It worked for me and it can work for you if you are truly tired of being sick and tired”.