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    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.

Here’s “The Love Drug” Again

Posted by Childress on July 5, 2006

Ecstasy mixed with alcohol has once again been proved the be a dangerous combination.  AP reports from Kansas City MO:

Craig O. Johnson Jr. grew up as a polite boy who finished high school with good grades and sang in a church choir, his family testified. But then he developed a taste for ecstasy and alcohol.At his sentencing Friday, his attorney said that the Kansas City man was drugged and drunk when he killed a man and shot a woman in the eye. But that didn’t matter.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Edith Messina sentenced Johnson to life plus 25 years.

Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.

He was one of up to five armed, masked men who stormed into the Kansas City home of Jason Smith looking for money on Feb. 20, 2005. He shot Smith to death there in the 5400 block of Park Avenue and wounded Smith’s girlfriend, blinding her in one eye.

After that, Johnson and the others went to the home of Smith’s mother a few blocks away, demanded money and pistol-whipped her.

On Friday, Leeunice Smith was in court for the sentencing and spoke during a break.

The masked men kicked in her door, she said. “Somebody was yelling, ‘Kill her, kill her’ while they tore up my house,” she said. “I’m lucky to be here.”

From church choir to prison — with drugs in a leading role.


4 Responses to “Here’s “The Love Drug” Again”

  1. Dodgy said

    Unless this kid had already underlying mental problems it’s pretty safe to say ecstasy wasn’t the cause for this violence, it just doesn’t work like that.

    Alcohol however is a very different story. Here in Britain alcohol is indicated in almost 50% of violent crimes and the percentage is even high in cases of murder.

  2. Childress said

    I agree about the alcohol — it brings out violence in many people. I agree that this fellow probably was a mental piece of work without drugs.

    But to say that a man with a lot of craziness in his brain would respond in a “normal” way to ecstasy — i.e., “it just doesn’t work that way” — doesn’t seem to be a logical conclusion.

    I’ve tracked at least a dozen stories over the past couple years of ecstasy and violence, so I’m not ready to assume that it never generates violence in individuals.

  3. Dodgy said

    I think you misunderstood me.

    Any psychoactive drug has the ability to push already menatally unstable people over the edge, inclusing ecstasy.

    My point was that the very nature of the drug measn that agression is not a common result of ecstasy use, though the title of this post would suggest otherwise.

  4. Childress said

    And I think you misunderstand me. If you take someone who is unstable mentally and add drugs to the picture, you can’t expect a normal reaction to the drug.

    I also believe excessive drug use can convert brains that otherwise would be normal into brains that think and behave abnormally, so that unexpected reactions can happen.

    This is common and documented with alcohol, meth, PCP, etc. Just because ecstasy makes most users feel happy, it’s no reason to assume all will respond that way.

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