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.

    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.

Why do I Delete Some Comments?

Posted by Childress on October 15, 2006

My frequent commentor is angry that I often delete his comments.  He asks:

The censorship on this site is a bit harsh. Instead of just deleting my posts, why not respond to them?

What do you see as the purpose of this site? Is it to prevent young people from trying drugs, users from coming off drugs, scaring parents into scaring their children into not trying drugs?

I do not allow comments to be posted on this site that support drug use.  When you say you’ve done Ecstasy for 10 years or whatever with no ill effect, I delete it because it promotes drug use.  Also, since I don’t know you, I can’t verify whether there are no ill effects or not.

I also do not post your comments that give statistics because I don’t run stats on this site; it’s not about stats, it’s about the tragedies behind the stats.  The degree of risk doesn’t matter if you’re dead or your child is dead. 

The purpose of this site is simple:  It runs news on drug tragedies so people have access to this information.  They might use it for their own purposes to resist peer pressure to use drugs.  They might use it to help their kids understand the possible consequences of drug use.  They might be drug counselors or teachers looking for examples to use in their work.

The site does not deal with “drug politics,” like legality, it doesn’t report drug stats and it certainly doesn’t report any stories that might tempt someone to try drugs. The reason is simple:  The focus here is sharp.

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2 Responses to “Why do I Delete Some Comments?”

  1. Chris said

    I have lost alot to drugs, I almost lost my life, all because I fell on some ice and was prescribed painkillers. People don’t mind having their tax dollars spent on prisons and cops, but nobody wants to spend money on drug treatment. Drug treatment is woefully underfunded and can do little more than round up the drug users and have group therapy where they talk. 5% success rate! Changes are needed and more funding is needed!

    Note: Edited by Childress.

  2. sinblogger said

    whilst some drugs are obviously dangerous and harmful, others have useful application and even religious significance. I agree that people should be made aware of the problems with drugs. But lets not coat all with the same brush.

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