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.

Drug Use Grows in India

Posted by Childress on June 12, 2006

It sounds like the stuff of a Bollywood film, but the story's all too true: 

A charismatic politician, touted as a future prime minister, is gunned down by his brother in a jealous rage.

On the way to immerse the leader's ashes in a sacred river, his playboy son stops at a party where he and a friend snort cocaine and heroin. The cocktail kills the friend and leaves the playboy facing a lengthy jail term.

It sounds like the stuff of Bollywood, but this is the real-life fall from grace of Rahal Mahajan, the 31-year-old son of the late Pramod Mahajan of the Bharatiya Janata Party, India's leading opposition group.

While his father's murder last month was in many ways the staple fare of India's turbulent political scene, his own hedonistic private life has exposed the burgeoning drug abuse among the country's young elite.

Commonly known as "namak'', the Hindi term for salt, cocaine use has been a popular but highly secret indulgence among businessmen, Bollywood stars and the idle offspring of the rich. It took the death of Mr Mahajan's friend Bibek Moitra, after a party in New Delhi, to expose the extent to which it has grown along with the country's increasing affluence.

Ecstasy use is also growing in popularity among India's young. Read more at The Daily Telegraph (UK).

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