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.

Born Stoned

Posted by Childress on June 29, 2006

Troubling news out of Scotland, from the Scottish Daily Record and Mail:

MORE than one in eight Scots babies are born with illegal drugs in their systems.The horrific news was revealed in a study yesterday.

It indicates that as many as 7000 of the 54,000 children born each year in Scotland are drug affected.

The most common drug found was cannabis – but heroin, cocaine and ecstasy traces were also discovered. Experts say the research highlights how mums-to-be are putting their children’s lives in danger by continuing to take the drugs while pregnant.

Children born to drug users stand a higher risk of being stillborn, premature or victims of cot death.

They can also go on to develop health problems such as lung illness and learning difficulties.

A study of more than 400 births at a Glasgow hospital found 71 newborns with drugs in their bodies.

Tests showed traces of cannabis in 53 babies – more than 13 per cent.  Cocaine was found in 11 cases and amphetamines in seven.

Of course, lots of morphine type drugs also were found, but researchers had no way of differentiating whether it came from illicit drug use or hospital-prescribed painkillers.

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