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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.


    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.

Ex-Marine Jailed for Drunk Driving Death

Posted by Childress on May 27, 2006

AP reports on the tragedies that resulted from one man's decisiont to smoke marijuana, drink and drive:

 Every seat was filled, and people stood along the walls of the courtroom to watch an Allen County judge sentence a former Marine and current IPFW student to 15 years in prison for driving drunk and killing a local professor.On Aug. 8, then 22-year-old Daniel Epple's silver Audi barreled through a red light at Dupont and Coldwater roads and slammed into a Corvette driven by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne economics professor John P. Manzer, 59.

Manzer was thrown from his car after it spun out of control and struck a utility pole. Epple escaped with only a hand injury. Tests later revealed Epple had marijuana in his system and a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit for intoxication. In March, Epple pleaded guilty to a single charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death.


2 Responses to “Ex-Marine Jailed for Drunk Driving Death”

  1. Drink_N_Drive said

    This “report” was nicely worded, and borders on propaganda. It implies marijuana was the reason a guy died, but let’s clarify a few things:

    The brilliant professor was ejected from his Corvette. So, he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    The BAC of 0.17 made the offender the hazard on the road, no matter what else was in his system. Note he was drunk, legally — and legally drunk.

    He pled guilty to the drunk driving charge, nothing else was noted in the article. “Intoxicated” implies “alcohol”…

    Perhaps the offender didn’t quite learn enough discipline in the Marines.

    Spin, spin, spin!!!

  2. Childress said

    Drink_N_Drive (an interesting name) misses the obvious point: Alcohol is a drug. This blog is called The Drug Report, not The Illegal Drug Report, and alcohol is king of the mountain when it comes to death and destruction. Alcohol poisoning, drunk driving crashes, alcoholism, destroyed families, bad decisions — for these reasons and more, I’ll keep posting on alcohol.

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