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.

Fentanyl Blamed in Teen’s Death

Posted by Childress on August 6, 2006

Prescription drug abuse has claimed the life of an Georgia teen.  Johathan Hatcher died last November, but the toxicology report was apparently released recently.  From the Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer:

Jonathan Alexander Hatcher, the 19-year-old Columbus teen who went to sleep in a hotel room Nov. 1, 2005, and never woke up, died of an overdose of a powerful pain medication called fentanyl, said Muscogee County Coroner James Dunnavant.

The autopsy report was inconclusive, but the toxicology report showed the official cause of Jonathan’s death was fentanyl toxicity, Dunnavant said. Jonathan apparently had a lethal amount of the drug — a highly addictive and potent pain killer — in his system.

The question remains: Why was Jonathan taking such a powerful narcotic? Dunnavant said he believed Jonathan suffered from back pain, but wasn’t sure.

According to his family, Jonathan was a healthy, young man with many friends and a bright future. He loved racing his motorcycles and laughing with his friends. He was even a member of Hardaway High’s Teen Advisors, a group dedicated to abstaining from drugs, alcohol, inhalants and tobacco.

“He loved life,” said his father, Jon Hatcher, of Acworth, Ga. “I can’t imagine he would take that stuff knowingly.”

The story also reported that Hatcher had abused the ADHD drug Ritalin. 

There’s still a lot of mystery about how Jonathan’s death came about, but one thing appears to be clear:  He did not intend to die.  This was a tragic accident.

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