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.

GHB: Don’t Do It Yourself

Posted by Childress on May 29, 2006

So some numb-brained reporter included in a report that recipies for GHB are available on line, and some equally numb-brained young man thought he'd give it a try, and several equally brain-numb friends thought they'd join him in trying it.

Here's the story, from The Western Mail in England:

A man who tried to make the date rape drug GHB using an internet recipe has been sentenced to youth detention for 16 months. David Platt, 20, from Wrexham, admitted trying to make gammahydroxybuty- rate, a class C drug, in his kitchen. But … he ended up making drain cleaner instead.The court was told Platt, who never intended to use the drug on women, was lucky to be alive after he and friends drank the poison while they were drunk. Platt became interested in GHB after watching a television documentary which highlighted the fact DIY recipes were readily available on the internet, the court heard.

He then downloaded a step-by-step guide and tried to make the drug in his kitchen. … Platt had wanted to create a drug with a similar effect to Ecstasy. But he missed out a vital ingredient, bleach, which meant he ended up producing a form of industrial- strength drain cleaner. He then nearly killed himself and three friends when they drank the poison. Platt stopped breathing and was rushed to Wrexham Maelor Hospital after he and a friend drank four glasses each.The friend ended up in a coma while his wife, who also drank a glass, temporarily lost the ability to walk. Another man also needed hospital treatment after becoming seriously ill. The court heard Platt still needed daily medical attention.

The reporter and network that aired the story were irresponsible, Platt was irresponsible and his friends were irresponsible.  Note that they took the drug while drinking alcohol, a drug known for leading to bad decisions.

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