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.

Meth Mom Afraid to Leave Prison

Posted by Childress on June 4, 2006

The emerging picture of the meth addict — scarred face, rotting teeth, twitching, twitching, twitching — is sort of like the old picture of the child molester — creepy, out of place, an obvious lecher. 

Many speed addicts are more like Tammy Howard, who's profiled today in the Columbus (OH) Dispatch.  Here's what they say:

In 15 years of meth use, she never felt the worst of what the drug offers, she said.

She didn’t suffer the infected sores caused by "meth bugs," the itches and twitches under the skin that cannot be satisfied.

She never went days without sleep. She never experienced the dramatic weight loss that is so common because the drug makes food seem unnecessary.

And she kept her teeth. Often, the chemicals in the drug strip the enamel and cause rot and infection in the gums.

She counts herself among the lucky.

But her meth use was not without consequences. Her 21 year old son, with whom she smoked the meth she brewed at home from cough medicines, is in jail and her six year old daughter is being raised by others.

She's lost her home, her car and her job. And she's gained an addiction that worries her as her one-year prison sentence for meth-making wraps up.  She's not at all sure she'll be able to stay clean:

Howard said that given the chance for early release she’ll likely pass it up. "I’m gonna wait until I can get it together," she said. "Somehow." She sits in silence. "Yeah," she says finally, "I’ll go home. Somehow."

All this tragedy for the pick-me-up meth offered her. 


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