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.