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 Legit Concern On Drug Testing

Posted by Childress on June 19, 2006

Random drug tests in Australia will include saliva samples starting next month.  It's designed to increase tests for drug use by drivers — but it's likely to have the unintended consequence of encouraging ecstasy use.

Ecstasy is not detectible in the saliva tests Australia will be using, so doctors there are expressing concern.  Here's Dr. David Caldicott, a research fellow at the Royal Adelaide Hospital:

This is something that's a source of tremendous concern to doctors as to the medical implications of legislation regarding testing for drugs, in that it may move the entire drug use away from easily tested drugs to ones which, number one, can't be that easily tested for and, number two, ones which are actually more dangerous.

As a mild hallucigen, Ecstasy can distort a driver's perception.  It has been blamed in many traffic accidents and deaths, so this well-intentioned Australian law should be reconsidered. 

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