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.

The Aging Drug Death Demographic

Posted by Childress on September 9, 2006

Here’s a story that’s worth pondering:

The Arizona Department of Health Services said that over the past decade, the per capita rate for fatal, accidental poisoning by drugs and alcohol among Arizonans ages 45 to 64 has multiplied to 250 in 2005 from 39 in 1995.

Experts say baby boomers, now ages 42 to 60, are particularly susceptible to drug abuse in middle age and beyond.

“Drug addiction is so often talked about as a disease of our youth, but for so many people, it catches up with them when they age,” said Dr. Marvin Seppala, a national expert on drug abuse and chief medical director at Hazelden, a substance-abuse treatment program in Minnesota.

Seppala, a recovering drug addict, said he saw a dramatic change in the drug culture when the pain reliever OxyContin hit the market in 1995.

Here’s what this story tells us:  We have a demographic group that has been taking drugs steadily since they were young in the 1970s.  Every year, a few more die as their bodies get less able to protect themselves from the drugs.

Then oxycontin came out, and they started dropping like flies.

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