The same is true of reference material in general. As the cost of burning a CD-ROM is pitted against the printing of chunky legal volumes, and as rents skyrocket, housing may become superfluous. "In eastern North Carolina," Marian Parker recounts, "books were wiped out by the hurricane. Some law firms had to decide whether or not to replace their books. Natural disaster provided the opportunity for them to reassess their need for large libraries." The changeover seems inevitable, but for now, the books stay, and LEXIS-NEXIS and Westlaw remain among them, an alternative, albeit indispensable, tool.
"Because crack is smoked, the user experiences a high in less than 10 seconds. This rather immediate and euphoric effect is one of the reasons that crack became enormously popular in the mid 1980s." The National Institute on Drug Abuse.