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.

Two Sentenced in GHB Death

Posted by Childress on May 29, 2006

From the U.S. Attorney's office in Alaska:

Acting U.S. Attorney Deborah M. Smith announced that Glade Lusk, 22, and Matthew O 'Connor, 26, were sentenced today in federal court for their role in the drug overdose death of a 16-year-old Eagle River girl in June 2003. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline sentenced Lusk to 160 months, and O'Connor to 121 months in prison.

Both men were indicted in July, 2005 …. O'Connor pled guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance causing the death of another person. On January 11, 2006, Lusk pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and accessory after the fact to distribution of a controlled substance causing death. A codefendant, Thairon Hawk, previously pled guilty to accessory after the fact and was sentenced to a term of 35 months in federal prison.

O'Connor admitted in court that he distributed 1,4 Butanediol ("BD"), causing the death of Meagan Maroney and the illness of others, including himself. BD has a substantially similar chemical structure and effect on the central nervous system as gamma hydroxybutyric acid ("GHB"). As such, BD is a "controlled substance analogue" of GHB under federal law according to court records. Lusk admitted that he possessed the drug with intent to distribute it, and that after the victim died, he arranged for and assisted in the destruction of the remaining drugs.

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