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.

More Evidence of Rave Violence

Posted by Childress on October 9, 2006

This is not a huge point to me, but a frequent commentor regularly argues that Raves are violence-free, or close to it.  I question such generalities.  Here is documentation of aggravated robberies at a recent rave in Sydney, from AAP Newsfeed:

Police arrested and charged 24 people for possession of drugs or supplying drugs at a dance party in Homebush Bay.

Another six women were charged with aggravated robbery after two patrons were assaulted and had their tickets and money stolen.

Police said they searched 93 people at the event, Prophecy – Chaos Theory – Dance Party, held at the Acer Arena at Olympic Park last night.

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5 Responses to “More Evidence of Rave Violence”

  1. Dodgy said

    I’d be a fool to say that it never happens. I don’t understand you point though?

    Do you think it was the drugs that made these poeple steal?

    Do you honestly think it’s the drugs that are to blame or the fact that when you get young people and in particular young males, grouped together that you get intances of agression?

    Again, in my experience you’re far more likely to be a victim of crime or a violent act if you out on the town, drinking at the weekend.

  2. Childress said

    I very firmly believe that drugs cause changes in decision-making processes, and the change tends to be toward the worse.

  3. Dodgy said

    >I very firmly believe that drugs cause changes in decision-making processes, and the change tends to be toward the worse.

    But thats not to say that it makes people violent. Your implying that that it’s a common effect from taking drugs such as ecstasy. It’s not. …

    In this post you’ve implied that drugs can somehow make people want to go out and mug others – I think thats’s quite ridiculous.

  4. Childress said

    I am not implying in any way that it’s a common effect — I’m only saying it happened. Don’t read more into what I report here than what I report.

    You do not seem to understand that to the victims, to the dead kids, to the surviving family members, whether there’s a low risk or a high risk of a tragedy occurring makes no difference whatsoever.

    The same is true of your statement that I’ve implied that drugs “somehow make people want to go out and mug people.” That’s not there. I do believe that bad people are likely to be more bad if they’re on drugs, and I do believe that people are likely to make bad decisions when high that they wouldn’t make if they weren’t high.

    Please try to read The Drug Report with this in mind; you’ll save a lot of time by posting fewer comments here.

  5. Dodgy said

    >You do not seem to understand that to the victims, to the dead kids, to the surviving family members, whether there’s a low risk or a high risk of a tragedy occurring makes no difference whatsoever.

    The same could be said for a motor vehicle related deaths, or any death from an activity that has a degree of risk.

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