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.

    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.

Erica Hicks Murder Trial Update

Posted by Childress on July 30, 2006

The trial of a 16-year-old boy for the death of South Carolina teen Erica Hicks is proceeding, with details of the girl’s final hours hitting public record.  The Raleigh (NC) News and Record reports:

Wake County prosecutors said … the defendant had been providing drugs, including cocaine, to the victim during the 24-hour period before her death.

“He gave her coke the night before,” Wake Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said. “He gave her drugs throughout the the following day starting at mid-afternoon.”

Hicks went into convulsions at the defendant’s home before midnight on Oct. 2.

Defense attorneys are taking a not unexpected course: Blaming water, not drugs. Yup. Despite arguing that it’s impossible to tell whether it was coke or ecstasy or some other drug that killed Hicks, the defense attorney also argued that it was water that killed Hicks.  Drinking too much of it, of course.

That’s like arguing it’s the phone pole that killed the drunk driver, not the alcohol that wrecked his perception and caused him to black out.

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