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.

Prescription Drug Deaths Way Up

Posted by Childress on August 6, 2006

The Centers for Disease Control has surprising stats on how dangerous — and dangerously popular — prescription drugs have become:

Medical painkillers have surpassed heroin and cocaine as the most common source of fatal accidental drug overdoses in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control have reported 4,451 prescription-drug deaths in 2002, compared to 2,569 for cocaine and 1,061 for heroin. Among the killer prescriptions were oxycodone and methadone. However, it’s not known how many overdose deaths were the result of recreational users taking the prescription painkillers. Deaths from all unintended drug overdoses increased by 5.3 per cent a year between 1970 and 1990, then a shocking 18.1 per cent between 1990 and 2002. 

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