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.

HIV Patient: Ecstasy, Meth to Blame

Posted by Childress on June 4, 2006

When Andrew "D'Andre" Gonzales dies of AIDS, his death will not be attributed to Ecstasy and meth, and supporters of those drugs will not count him among the victims.

But Gonzales does.

In a San Jose (CA) Mercury News article today, Gonzales is profiled, and it's clear to see where he places the blame for his HIV:

"I knew I was going to get it. I was living a life of risk and not caring,'' Gonzales said in an interview at Bay Positives, a San Francisco drop-in center for HIV-positive youths.

The San Jose native, diagnosed with HIV in 2001, used crystal meth and the club drug ecstasy during an adolescence so turbulent that his parents placed him in a residential program for out-of-control teens. He knew what could happen if he had unprotected sex with men, he said, but the drugs wrecked his judgment.

For many, drugs are a part of the clubbing lifestyle, whether that lifestyle is gay or straight.  Gonzales now watches from the sidelines and worries.

"Now I see younger kids doing what I was doing. If I could take it back, I would.  But there's no use sitting here and feeling sorry for myself.''

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