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.

Study Probes Ecstasy, Heart Disease

Posted by Childress on May 28, 2006

Emory University med school has released a new study which found that Ecstasy users may face the same heart attack risks as meth users. 

The  report focused on ecstasy-related myocardial hypertrophy, which the report says is a well-recognized complication of cocaine and methamphetamine abuse and is a strong independent risk factor for sudden death, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and congestive heart failure.

The study, lead by M.M. Patel, sought to determine if use of MDMA (methylenedioxyamphetamine or 'ecstasy') is associated with myocardial hypertrophy at death."  The study was a matched, retrospective study using medical examiner (ME) death reports in 10 states and one county in the Emory area. "The findings of this study suggest that MDMA users might also be at risk for myocardial hypertrophy and possible cardiac toxicity, similar to other stimulants," the authors concluded.

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