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    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

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    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, Jimson Weed Suspected in Death

Posted by Childress on August 2, 2006

Jimson weed, which grows in much of the United States, is a dangerous hallucigen known for causing bad reactions in many who use it.  Here’s a case where three young men tried mixing it with ecstasy — with deadly results.  From the Riverside (CA) Press Enterprise:

A missing Crestline man was found dead by his father Monday, six days after he apparently wandered into the forest following a night of partying, officials said.

The body of Mathew Bruster Gardner, 22, was lying in a dry streambed down 70 feet of steep terrain below Houston Drive, which is a private road for the Crestline Sanitation Department, said San Bernardino County sheriff’s Detective James Bergendahl.

A toxicology report is not complete, but Bergendahl said Gardner likely died of a hallucinogenic drug cocktail of ecstasy and jimson weed, a potent plant commonly smoked.

Gardner and two friends were at a home on Zurich Road early last Wednesday and using the drugs when they decided to explore the nearby forest, Bergendahl said. One of the friends returned to the home later that day “still incoherent,” while the other was later arrested for driving under the influence, the detective said.

But Gardner was nowhere to be found. The friends are not suspected of foul play, Bergendahl said. It’s believed that Gardner reclined against some rocks Wednesday and never woke up.

From the article’s description of Gardner, it appears he didn’t fall down the steep inclined, but simply passed out and died.  Was it the jimson weed?  The ecstasy?  A strange drug interaction of the two?  We don’t know — but we do know that mixing drugs is a common practice, and that it can lead to disasterous ends.

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One Response to “Ecstasy, Jimson Weed Suspected in Death”

  1. Jade said

    That Guy Was An Amazing Kid, And Will Never Be FOrgotton. R.I.P Homie………….

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