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.


    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.

A Nice Tribute to Derek and Raymond

Posted by Childress on August 8, 2006

Derek Pieper’s and Raymond Veluz’ deaths have generated a lot of traffic on The Drug Report — an indication that they were very well liked young men.  The early reports focused on Pieper’s drug use, as the media are wont to do in the name of sensationalism. 

Recently some much more positive coverage has emerged on Tampa Bay’s Channel 10

Wesley Chapel, Florida – 18-year-old Raymond Veluz wrote poetry and enjoyed listening to techno music. While 17-year-old Derek Pieper was an honor student as well as a lacrosse player.

Many of his teammates got together with Coach Tom Fitzsimons on Monday night, “We want to make sure the parents know, the kids know that we’re all there to help them, the team is there to help them.”

Tom says the boys want to honor Derek by putting a special patch on their jerseys, ”Derek was one of those people who would light up a room he was a quick friend to everybody.” He was also a good friend to Raymond. Dakota Summerton says she knew both of them well, “Derek was the type of guy that hung out with everyone, Raymond was the type of guy that didn’t hang out with everyone, but they just happened to be friends and get together.”

She went to homecoming with Derek. And loved listening to Raymond’s jokes, “He was pretty funny got me laughing a few times definitely.” She wonder’s why they were murdered, “Something bad happened to two really good people.” Dakota says friends have been posting messages to Derek’s MySpace account and supporting each other, “All of Wesley Chapel is feeling bad we’re all getting together just helping each other out.”

Even Coach Fitzsimons is looking for answers, “There’s probably a thousand rumors out there, everybody’s got their ideas but nobody knows what the truth is.” Fitzsimons says counseling is available to anyone who needs it. He says parents should look for signs in their children such as moodiness and change of routine. Events like this one can trigger other events.

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