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Facts about what can go wrong when people use drugs

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    A big part of my inspiration for The Drug Report was Beth Pearce's amazing film, VOICE OF THE VICTIMS: TRUE STORIES OF ECSTASY AND KETAMINE. The film simply lets the victims of drug tragedies tell their stories. It's real life, it's undeniable, and it's incredibly powerful. I'm sure Beth has saved many, many lives, and it is my hope that this blog will do so as well. To learn more about her film, go to Voice Of The Victims.

    FACTS ARE FACTS

    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

Ecstasy Not Dangerous? Hmmmm.

Posted by Childress on May 27, 2006

The belief that Ecstasy isn't dangerous is so widely held that many users may think there's vitually no risk involved in using the drug.

In Australia, where Ecstasy uSandra Kanckse has been climbing dramatically, one elected official, Sandra Kanck (that's her on the right), recently said in her state legislature that Ecstasy is not a dangerous drug.

Fortunately, her comments were quickly countered by a report from Australia's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, which revealed there were 112 ecstasy-related deaths in Australia from 2001 to 2004 — that's one death every two weeks in a country with a relatively small population of 20 million.

There's a big surprise in the study: 28 per cent of Australian Ecstasy deaths due to road crashes. Much of the attention on Ecstasy comes from deaths caused by high body temperature, or from drinking so much water that critical minerals are leached from the body. But Ecstasy is a mild hallucigen, which helps explain the high number of driving deaths.

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One Response to “Ecstasy Not Dangerous? Hmmmm.”

  1. Dodgy said

    Well there’s ceratinly an argument there for not taking drugs whilst driving, just as with alcohol.

    I don’t think you’ll find anybody of sound mind declaring that driving under the influence (of any drink or drug) isn’t dangerous.

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