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.

Meth Mouth and Budgets

Posted by Childress on June 4, 2006

Tammy (a couple posts down) may have avoided the ravages of "meth mouth," but most don't.  This AP article out of Seatlle makes an interesting tie between meth, rotten teeth and lives of crime:

About 40 percent of the state's annual dental budget for prisoners in Washington goes toward repairing or removing teeth ravaged by methamphetamine.

That's about $5 million out of the Washington Department of Corrections' $12 million dollar inmate dental budget.

Dr. Mike Morton, who runs the Corrections Department's dental services, estimates that more than 30 percent of the state's 17,000 prison inmates suffer severe tooth decay because of meth use.

"It just mows the teeth down. It's like a wildfire in a forest," Dr. Bart Johnson, associate professor in the University of Washington's School of Dentistry, told The Seattle Times for a story published Saturday. "It can ruin a beautiful mouth in a very short period of time."

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