Aussie Kanck Assailed for Ecstasy View
Posted by Childress on July 7, 2006
Sandra Kanck is an Australian Democrat who has said nothing is wrong with Ecstasy and has argued for looser laws. Last Friday, she visited a rave and said she saw nothing there that would alter her view.People more familiar with Ecstasy don’t think much of her view. Here’s a few of them, from an article in The Advertiser:
”What she is seeing is the honeymoon period,” Ms [Georgina] Karapas [an ex-addict drug counselor] said. ”She is not seeing the downside of ecstasy – the comedown that is a huge depression and anxiety that can last for weeks. She has made her comments without doing her homework.”
The article also quotes two men who are in recovery from drug abuse. These guys have a lot of drug experience, and set Ecstasy in a class by itself:
Former addicts Jack Calvett, 18, of Balhannah and George Nikolaidis, 36, of Payneham, who are part-way through their 15 months rehabilitation program at the centre, said they would be happy to talk to Ms Kanck about their experiences.Mr Nikolaidis said he regularly took amphetamines and used alcohol but ecstasy only once. He took it while drinking and described the experience as ”the worst feeling on earth”.
”The statement she has made about pill testing shows she does not understand what she is talking about, because it implies that taking pills is a safe thing to do,” he said.
Once a heavy user of marijuana, amphetamines and other drugs, Mr Calvett was too scared to ever swallow ecstasy.
”She (Ms Kanck) needs to spend a few days with an ecstasy addict,” he said.
”I have seen heaps of people come down and they are so depressed.”
Ms. Kanck refused comment.