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April 2015

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Spring is Here! So too, Might Be Mold. by Harry Cannon Thank goodness that Spring is in the air! Unfortunately, so is mold pollen, warmth and humidity. This is the perfect incubator for mold growth. As discussed last month, some of the winter issues we encountered with the cold and wet environment can lead to mold growth in the Spring. Roof leaks, burst pipes and other issues can lead to mold growth when temperatures moderate. Now is a good time to nip potential issues in the bud before they escalate. Here are a few suggestions: Leaks in plumbing or other structures that lead to moisture buildup should be identified and repaired. Areas of leakage and water damage in the home should be cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours. Use of an air conditioner or air dehumidifier during humid seasons can help reduce the potential for moisture buildup. Avoid the use of carpets and humid basements and bathrooms. Using fans and maintaining good ventilation in the home can also prevent or control dampness. Keep indoor humidity between 30-50%. Use bathroom fans or open bathroom windows when showering. Appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers and stoves, should be vented to the outdoors when possible. Adding insulation can reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (such as windows, piping, roof, or floors). According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Association (EPA), if visible mold is present, testing is usually unnecessary. There are no EPA or governmental standards that have been established for mold or mold spore levels, so it is impossible to prove that a building or room is in compliance with any regulations concerning mold exposure. Likewise, the CDC does not recommend routine sampling or testing of mold. Tolerable or acceptable limits of mold exposure for humans have not been defined, and since individuals vary in their susceptibility to mold, testing cannot reliably predict the degree of health risks from any occurrence of mold. Better to be safe than sorry. Spring into action and protect yourself from the mold bug! If you see mold and need assistance, contact a local mold professional! (Contact harrycannon3@gmail.com). Phone # : 727-560-2791 WHITE BAKERS RACK W/ WINE BOTTLE HOLDERS $35 CAMDEN Business Home Auto Boat Renters Workers Comp. (252) 338-3322 (252) 482-2101 (252) 441-0810 (252) 793-5121 10 Albemarle Tradewinds April 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

Dear Dr. Crime: If drug addicts become criminals we must stop them from being addicts first, right? With America going down the drain by giving anyone who asks anything they want, including drugs, isn’t the answer to train/ teach/ education kids not to use drugs? Addiction is a matter of learning that drug use is ok isn’t it? That is learned from parents, kids they run with, and what we imply by legalizing pot, right? Once they start using, the drug gives so good a feeling they have to have it. Worried Citizen and Parent Dear Worried: You have a right to be worried because drug use, except for restricted and specific medical matters, does no good and often leads to tragedy, and it cost us a bundle. A 2004 study found the economic cost of drug abuse in our Nation during 2002 was estimated at $180.9 billion. So you are right, drug use is something we must understand, and your question was how the addiction is “caused”. That is not simple. I think in terms of behaviors as best explained by the well-established psychological learning theory model. That says that things followed by a reward reoccur and those followed by a punishment go away. I wish addiction was that simple but it is not. An early experiment put a rat in a box with nothing but two water bottles, one with heroin in the water, the other plain water. The rat almost always became wildly addicted to the drug water to the point of massive overdose. A later experiment compared a box with the 2 water bottles but in a “Rat Park” containing rat friends and a good rat life style. Those rats did not become addicted. The same thing happened with our addicted soldiers who used drugs during the Vietnam War. Those returning to a good social environment kicked drugs. So our best bet is to assume that pharmacology has a lot to do with addiction, but so does social interaction. We can build programs on both if we will, and given what may be coming with the legalization of marijuana we should focus on what works! According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse the best plan is prevention, and they have the research to back that up. I agree with that approach. Phone # : 252-489-8667 Antique Print $60. Antique mirror, good condition. Need a little reconditioning, 49” wide, 26 1/2” tall. $75. Mirror Can be seen at Missing pieces consignment Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist that holds a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note in care of this paper if you wish or email him at drcrime@keepkidshome.net if you child is in “trouble”. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds April 2015 11