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.


    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.

Huffing Follow-Up

Posted by Childress on August 19, 2006

Following up on my earlier post, “A Huffing Death from Butane,” there’s this news item from the Scunthorpe (England) Evening Telegraph:

The mother of a village postmistress sold a potentially lethal canister of butane gas to a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

Malcolm Osborne, prosecuting for North Lincolnshire Council’s trading standards department, said an under-age test purchase was carried out at the South Ferriby post office on December 20.

He told North Lincolnshire magistrates the department had been carrying out a campaign to stamp out sales of lighter fuel to youngsters. And under-age test purchases had been carried out at a total of 25 premises – a dozen of which resulted in sales.

Mr Osborne said the department had previously written to retailers reminding them of their legal obligations. And, pointing out the lethal consequences of abusing butane, he said solvent sniffing by teenagers resulted in more deaths per year than the drug ecstasy.

The two 14-year-old girls went into the South Ferriby shop at about 11.45am on the day in question.

“They were instructed not to lie about their age but to give their true age if challenged,” said Mr Osborne.

But no challenge was made and one of the girls was able to buy a canister of lighter fuel containing butane gas.

Let’s hope the publicity helps shopkeepers … and kids and parents! … to better understand what a serious risk huffing poses.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: