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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.

Drug DUIs on the Rise

Posted by Childress on June 1, 2006

Thanks to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other activists, drunk driving arrests and fatalities are down.  But drug DUI's are up, the LA Times reports:

Russ Clark, a motorcycle officer with the Long Beach police, says he's arrested "potheads, hard-core methamphetamine addicts, even nurses and doctors under the influence of drugs."

In his pursuit of law-breaking motorists, the 26-year veteran of the department has pulled over weaving vehicles thick with marijuana smoke and drivers so high "they were moving in slow motion." "It was like right out of a Cheech and Chong movie," he says.

He's snared twitching meth addicts driving erratically and motorists so wasted on muscle relaxers they could hardly stand.

While incidences of drunk driving have declined over the years, thanks in part to organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, driving under the influence of drugs has increased, reports Marilyn Huestis at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Rockville, Md.

To battle the problem, researchers are scrambling to develop uniform procedures that would allow police to easily screen motorists suspected of being under the influence of drugs. 

Australia — where Ecstasy use is on the upswing, as are Ecstasy-related emergency room visits — and Europe are way ahead of us on getting contol of "drugged driving."  Read the article if you're interested in more details. 

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One Response to “Drug DUIs on the Rise”

  1. Dodgy said

    Anybody who drives under the influence of anything is an idiot – whether that be drugs, drink or even drowsy prescription meds.

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