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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.

GHB-Pushing Doc Charged

Posted by Childress on June 1, 2006

The blog Health Care Renewal has a report on sneaky efforts to broaded the allowed use of the drug Xyrem — also known as the dangerous killer drug GHB — for purposes other than its narrowly circumscribed use as a narcolepsy medication.

Newsday reported last week that a New York psychiatrist was indicted for allegedly participating "in a nationwide scheme to promote the prescription drug Xyrem to physicians … for unapproved medical purposes and to conceal the fact from insurance companies."

The indictment further alleged that the physician "conspired with the company that made Xyrem, Orphan Medical Inc, in Minnetonka, Minn., to promote it for unapproved uses including chronic pain and weight loss. Orphan Medical allegedly relied on … [him] to give lectures promoting Xyrem to physicians and paid him tens of thousand of dollars to do so."

Orphan Medical joins Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, as a "legal" drug pusher. 

GHB is a killer.  It's a common tool for drug-assisted rape. It's highly addictive and often kills its addicts as they try to go straight. It should not be promoted as anything else.

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