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.

A Different Kind of Drug Abuse Death

Posted by Childress on July 15, 2006

Most of the drug deaths I write about deal with deaths that come quite quickly as a result of bad reactions or overdoses.  Here’s one that’s very different, from the Scunthorpe (England, I suppose) Evening Telegraph:

A long-term drug user died of acute bronchitis and drug abuse, an inquest heard yesterday.Marie Ann Clay (33), of Digby Street, Scunthorpe, was pronounced dead at the flat which she was sharing with her partner and a friend on January 12, this year.

The mother-of-four was discovered by her partner Jonathan Owen Kirk.

Deputy coroner Andrew Pascoe heard Mr Kirk saw Miss Clay asleep in the bedroom on a number of occasions during that day.  She lay on the floor snoring but he said he left her because she was too heavy to lift onto the bed.

But he went to check on her later that day and discovered she was cold and called an ambulance.

In a statement read out in court, Mr Kirk explained Marie had a history of drug taking over a number of years.  Her habit had included ecstasy, crack cocaine and heroin abuse. …

Pathologist Dr William Peters said Miss Clay’s drug history and the post mortem report found she had died of ‘respiratory trapped infection possibly from the debilitating affects of drug use’. …

He said: “The post mortem report confirmed Marie Clay died of acute bronchitis and that with drug abuse caused her death.”

As I read this, I think it must have happened to someone much older than 33.  But excessive drug use can break down a body quickly. Not everyone is Keith Richards.

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