The Drug Report

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.

Scotland Bust Raises GHB Concerns

Posted by Childress on May 27, 2006

GHB is commonly called "the date rape drug" and it is that.  Many women — and men — have been raped after just a few drops of GHB were put in their drinks. 

But GHB is much more than that.  It's highly addictive — recovery experts say it's much harder to quit than heroin — and it destroys lives, frequently leading heavy users to death.

Now, officials in Scottland, where GHB use has been relatively rare, are worried following a big GHB bust there:

Two people have been arrested after $8.2 million worth of the date-rape drug GHB was seized at a home and business in Livingston.A 53-year-old Edinburgh man and a 45-year-old woman from Livingston were due to appear at Linlithgow Sheriff Court today following the operation. …

The premises were searched before GHB – Gammahydroxybutrate – was seized. GHB was outlawed after concerns were raised over the number of women attacked after the drug was slipped into their drinks. …

Clubbers also use the drug, also known as "liquid ecstasy", to create a "high" … but has been linked to a number of deaths. …

Tom Wood, chairman of the Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Action Team, said: "Clearly it is a substantial recovery and it is interesting that it is GHB.

"It is not a drug we have found in Scotland recently in large quantities. I do not know whether it is the biggest haul we have ever had in Scotland but it is certainly substantial."

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