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.

Ecstasy Tagged in Another Murder

Posted by Childress on July 15, 2006

Here’s a tragic story about a girl in a bad situation made much worse from her decision to take drugs. From the Hartford Courant:

She stayed in her room for two days straight, sleeping and waking, crying and screaming. Paralyzed by flashbacks and fear, she was unable to rise from the very bed where, she says, her brother’s friend raped her.But her presence — in the form of toys, birthday cards and pictures of her family — still trims the walls and mismatched furniture. The 17-year-old’s blond, crystal-eyed dolls and stuffed animals clutter the bed and bright-pink desk. Names of relatives and her middle name “Abigail” are written in lively, skinny black script on her door and mirror. …

This is where Elsie played reggaeton and bachata on her CD player, chilled with her friends. This is also where she sometimes shared a bed with her sister Gloria — the youngest of her eight siblings, whose hair she combed and who she sometimes pretended was her daughter.

Now, Elsie sleeps in a cell at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, charged with murder. For on the day Elsie emerged from her room after those 48 hours of weeping and solitude, police say, she and two boys from her building went for a walk and plunged a knife into the heart of a man they bumped into on the street.

By all accounts, Elsie and her friends didn’t know Jaroslaw Sawicki. The 34-year-old man was “some Polish guy” who happened to walk by them on his way home from a bar that chilly January night, according to police reports.

What triggered the altercation is unclear. No robbery, no drugs or gang turf, no previous interaction between victim and alleged attackers, police say. Maybe Sawicki picked a fight with them. Maybe Elsie and her friends did the instigating. Maybe Elsie was too high on Ecstasy and prescription painkillers to know what she was doing, as she claimed in a letter she later wrote from jail.

I’d say Elsie knows best on this one.

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