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.


    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.

Second Murder by Meth-Head

Posted by Childress on May 27, 2006

This report in the Pioneer Press from Minnesota is purportedly about a murder trial — but there's much more here.

There are two people dead.  There are two families suffering through this tragedy.  And the sentenced man, now the murderer of two people, will spend his life in prison, away from a family that remembers the boy that was there before meth took over:

 An Anoka County judge sentenced Joshua Allen Krueth on Thursday to 40 years in prison — the maximum penalty allowed — in the second-degree murder of Lawrence Plessel, a retired trash hauler from Ramsey. …Thursday's developments capped a roller-coaster saga for the meth-addicted high school dropout who now has two murders to his name.

Krueth, 22, pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder in the Sept. 19, 2004, shooting death of Suzanne Fischer, a 59-year-old Ramsey nurse. The killing happened 15 days after Plessel, 60, was shot in the same small town.

Krueth is serving a life sentence in Fischer's murder, which carries a minimum term of 30 years. His sentence in the Plessel case will begin if and when he completes the other sentence.


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