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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.


    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’ Murderer Sentenced

Posted by Childress on August 7, 2006

A teen who was convicted of manslaughter for killing South Carolina teen Erica Hicks by giving her Ecstasy, cocaine and heroine, has been sentenced:

A Cary teen found responsible for giving a fatal dose of drugs to a friend will have to help pay for her funeral, face at least a year of probation and possibly undergo drug and alcohol treatment under a sentence handed down in a Wake County courtroom Friday.

The court also plans to appoint an advocate from the county’s guardian ad litem program to monitor the youth’s progress when he returns home and ordered the teen’s father to enroll in a parental responsibility class.

The 16-year-old boy was found to have committed involuntary manslaughter in the death of Erica Hicks of Garner, who died in October after ingesting cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy. The Cary teen, who was accused of supplying the drugs to Hicks, also was found to have possessed ecstasy with the intent to sell it.

Wake County District Court Judge Craig Croom ordered the boy to pay $1,000 to Hicks’ father to help cover funeral expenses. Croom also required that the boy be evaluated to determine whether he needs drug and alcohol treatment.

Sorry, but I think this kid needs jail time to make the consequences of his action hit home.  I’m afraid that unless he is more mature than his actions indicate — especially the fact that he kept medical help from responding — he will feel he got away with this crime.  That has two possible negative outcomes:  He’ll not be able to process his guilt appropriately and it will mess up his life, or he will become even more reckless since he got away with this crime.


5 Responses to “Erica Hicks’ Murderer Sentenced”

  1. Dodgy said

    Just wanted to point out that…

    Heroin is a drug.
    Heroine is a female hero.

  2. Childress said

    Yes, indeed. It’s funny — I caught that typo in one of the articles I posted and corrected it — then made the same error in my intro to this post. Power of persuasion?

  3. Ninja said

    I agree with you the kid needs jail time. I also think Erica’s mom needs to go to jail as well. Giving and smoking illigal drugs with your daughter and her friends might make you be cool to them but to me it makes you criminal, both in the legal sense and a parental sense. No wonder Erica got the idea using drugs was okay.

  4. Anonymous. said

    The kid got his jail time.
    I know him, and he’s a good person.
    She took the drugs by her own will.
    I mean, yeah, it’s sad she died…but sending him to jail will not bring her back.

  5. adam said

    i personally knew erica. she was a sweet girl. but she was the one who made the decision to use the drugs. her decision is ultimately why she is no longer with us. we don’t blame gun store owners when people are irresponsible with firearms and this boy should not go to jail because she misused the drugs he supplied to her.

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