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.

Strange Views

Posted by Childress on August 3, 2006

I received a comment that is so strange I won’t post it in the comment section.  It concerned one of the many news reports I’ve posted regarding murders that are committed by people on drugs.  Here it is, censored to remove vulgarity:

It’s not the drugs it’s the taker of the drugs.

[Blank] your anti-drugs website. You should focus on the real problem, people who don’t give a [blank] about their fellow man/woman.

It’s not the drugs it’s the people who take them.

Our commenter is choosing to ignore countless stories of perfectly fine people who started changing when drugs came into their lives, spiraling down, changing mentally and physically so dramatically that their families hardly recognize them.

Our commenter is choosing to ignore the countless stories of people who support their drug use by dealing drugs, and by so doing, enter a life of criminal activity and criminal people, a life that often leads them to behaviors they never would have considered doing before they started dealing.

Our commentor wants us to focus only on people who are angry, violent sociopaths before taking drugs, then behave in angry, violent and sociopathic ways when they take drugs. Yes, they exist, but they are not the full story.  Part of the story is how to answer this question:  Would the dangerous sociopaths been able to contain their rages if they did not lose their rational controls because of chronic drug use?

Our commenter thinks this blog is anti-drug.  It is not.  It is simply pro-fact.

Our commener swore at me for the hard work I do on this blog trying to let people know a side of drug use because I don’t want them to die, but he wants me to focus on “people who don’t give a [blank] about their fellow man/woman.”  How about giving a [blank] about those of us who are trying to help people?

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2 Responses to “Strange Views”

  1. Dodgy said

    Some drugs and alcohol can indeed aggravate underlying mental issues, and certainly may push people over the edge.

    People with mental health problems are also more inclined to use drugs in the first place – to self medicate.

    The issue of drugs and mental health is a very complicated and blurred one – it;s certainly not as simple as saying drugs make some people go mad.

  2. Childress said

    I agree fully. I also agree that it is on occasion drugs do make a person go mad. Not all people by any means; some people.

    It’s another area where greater awareness of what can go wrong when people use drugs (the subtitle of this blog) might be able to help someone, to save a life.

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