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.


    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.

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.

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