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.

Coach’s GHB Claim In Doubt

Posted by Childress on June 19, 2006

I wrote earlier about Ohio University football coach Frank Solich's defense of his drunk driving charge:  That he actually had been drugged with GHB.  He even has lab tests of hair samples to prove it.

But do they prove anything?  Not according to two toxicologists quoted in the Columbus (OH) Dispatch:

Toxicologists Dr. Pascal Kintz of the Labotratoire ChemTox in Illkirch, France, and Dr. Bruce Goldsberger of the University of Florida College of Medicine recently questioned the high amount of GHB in the sample. GHB is a colorless, odorless liquid that can cause drowsiness, dizziness and nausea.

In an e-mail to The Athens News, Kintz wrote "the sample appears to be suspiciously flawed."

"It is absolutely not possible to find such an amount of GHB in hair after a single exposure," he wrote.

Goldsberger told The News, "There is something wrong with this picture."

All of which misses the main point:  If you're impaired by anything, you shouldn't be driving.

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