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.

A GHB Death in New Zealand

Posted by Childress on June 6, 2006

It's unusual to hear about near-misses in the world of club drug use.  Emergency room visits for most of these drugs are up, but these stories rarely hit the papers.  That doesn't make near-tragedies like this one in New Zealand any less significant.

Police have issued a new warning about the drug GHB (gamma hydroxybutrate) after a near death Auckland woman was admitted to hospital this week.

The woman collapsed after taking GHB with champagne with her boyfriend who was also hospitalised after becoming extremely violent.

"The woman almost died. She was status one which is as close as you get to dying and for a minute they didn't think she would pull through,'' North Shore area commander Inspector Les Paterson said today. "He (the boyfriend) was not as bad. He was quite violent but had no idea what he was doing.'' Mr Paterson said GHB, also known as fantasy, was dangerous and could kill. …

When taken with alcohol it could be more dangerous because alcohol tended to numb the senses and people would often take more of the drug.

Check it carefully:  The same drug made the boyfriend violent and put her in a coma.  Nice, huh?

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