The Drug Report

Facts about what can go wrong when people use drugs

  • The Best Drug Info Ever?

    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.

My Comment Policy in Action

Posted by Childress on July 1, 2006

My comment policy precludes including the entire comment I received from drug-user Dodgy, but his comments, edited below, underscore the purpose and content of this blog:

Unfortunately governments all over the world are unwilling to fund proper honest research into the long term effect of ecstasy, so until then many many users are taking a risk, but then when has any government really had it’s citizens intrests at heart.

When I do a Nexis search on Ecstasy, research papers do turn up regularly.  Brain chemistry is complex and research into long-term drug use take a long time to run.  Anyway, look at the fruits of research: Coffee causes cancer, no it doesn’t it’s good for you, no it’s awful for you, etc. 

Can we really expect science to give us the answers?  I don’t, which is why I focus on news stories of people’s lives, which are definitive.

I believe that everything about a drug, both good and bad should be available to anybody who is thinking of taking it, and then people can make up their own minds, based on honest information.

So do I, but I don’t have to be the source of both sides of this information.  As Dodgy is certainly aware, there are many more sites out there giving pro-drug and so-called “safe use” information than there are sites like these.  He’s free to go to those sites, this site, gather information, and make up his mind, and I am free not to promote a lifestyle I think is dangerous.

I’m glad he’s here and he’s gathering this side of the information spectrum.  I wish more drug users were doing the same. 

One of the reasons that goverment anti drug campaigns don’t work, is that they really arn’t credible with the people they’re aimed at. … Honesty will always be the best policy in terms of drug information.

Yes, honesty is the best course, which is why I focus on news stories of real events. This is why I found the Voice of the Victims films so powerful, because in them real people tell real stories of what really happened.

It’s also why I edited out the examples in Dodgy’s email (questionable research, the conflict between ecstasy users’ need for hydration and possible water poisoning from too much hydration, etc.).  While these examples might have been true (or partially true), they weren’t news stories of real events so I edited them. 

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