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.

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    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.

Archive for the ‘Methadone’ Category

Drugs Lead to Coma and a New Life

Posted by Childress on October 13, 2006

Corey Haughn has the unfortunate job of being the poster boy for everything that’s wrong with taking massive amounts of drugs and alcohol.  He speaks (as well as he can) to kids, begging them not to follow in his footsteps (or wheel chair tracks).

Here’s what he took, according to the Tulsa World:  more than 20 tablets of Xanax, countless bottles of liquor and several doses of methadone over a three-day period .  Corey says he wasn’t trying to kill himself, rather:

“I was just working on a ‘really good’ high.”

Aaarrgggh!  How come so many kids think it’s just fine to take such an insane amount of drugs? 

Here’s what Corey’s life is like today:

“I wasn’t supposed to come out of that coma. I was supposed to be brain dead,” Haughn said. “Once I woke up, doctors said I would be lucky to have the brain capacity of a lizard.”

A drug-induced stroke had caused his coma, his family realized, and the journey to recovery was going to be a tough one.

Today, the now 20-year-old is partially paralyzed and lives in a Glenpool nursing home. He wheels himself around in his wheelchair.

He dresses like any other young man his age: Jeans, green-and-white striped golf shirt, sports shoes.

He looks people in the eye when he speaks to them, but he speaks softly. His handshake is confident but without force.

When he speaks, he struggles to breathe and sometimes wheezes. Verbalizing his thoughts takes longer than it used to.

If you doubt this description, watch the clip of Erin Rose at Voice of the Victims.  And consider this — it was one “normal” dose of Ketamine that put Erin into her coma — not a three-day-long dope-and-booze-athon.

Please, please buy the two Voice of the Victims videos.  It’s only $25 for the set, and it is the best tool you can find.

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Dealer Charged in Death of a Dad

Posted by Childress on October 9, 2006

Prosecution of drug dealers should become a deterrent to dealing potentially deadly drugs.  Here’s another case of a dealer being charged in the death of one of his customers:

A federal grand jury has charged a former nightclub host with selling cocaine and methadone to a businessman who died from an overdose.

Brandon Erwin, 29, used to work part-time at Blue Martini, a nightclub in the swanky International Plaza mall. Federal authorities allege in court papers that Erwin arranged ecstasy and methadone sales at the bar.

Among Erwin’s customers, authorities say, was Andrew Culver, 25, a father of two who worked recruiting accountants. Culver died in November.

An autopsy concluded Culver died of intoxication from the combined effects of cocaine and methadone, said Dick Bailey, operations manager for the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office.

If you deal drugs, take this into consideration.  Do you want to be a murderer?  Do you want to serve time in prison?

If you use drugs, please don’t mix them!

Posted in Charges & Trials, Ecstasy, Methadone | 2 Comments »

Methadone Named in Celebrity Death

Posted by Childress on September 30, 2006

Daniel Smith, the son of glitter-gal Anna Nicole Smith, reportedly had methadone and two anti-depressants. AP reports:

Anna Nicole Smith’s 20-year-old son died from a lethal combination of methadone and two antidepressant drugs, a U.S.-based pathologist who conducted a private autopsy said Wednesday.

Toxicology tests showed Daniel Smith had methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro in his system when he died Sept. 10 in a hospital room in the Bahamas where his former Playboy playmate mother was recuperating from giving birth to a daughter, according to Cyril Wecht.

“The fact that we have these drugs and the levels of the drugs overwhelmingly and most logically point to this being a tragic, accidental, drug-related death,” Wecht told The Associated Press from his home in the Pittsburgh area.

Wecht said it was impossible to tell which of the drugs actually was responsible for Smith’s drug. He called the death “a ‘classical’ combination of the drugs which had a lethal ‘cumulative effect on the central nervous system.'”

“Coroners working around the country, we see this in people taking two or three drugs or more,” he said. The low levels of each drug suggest he did not die from an overdose, he added.

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Another Heroin-Fentanyl Murder Charge

Posted by Childress on September 1, 2006

Another man has been charged with homicide following the recent wave of 100 or more overdose deaths from heroin laced with the painkiller Fentanyl.

The charges were filed in Chicago, where authorities charged 35-year-old Corey Crump Thursday with homicide in the death of a police chief’s son who died after taking Fentanyl-spiked heroin.

The homicide charge was the first to stem from an investigation into numerous deaths attributed in part to the drug. Another man has been charged with homicide for a death caused by Fentanyl-spiked methadone.

A conviction could land Crump in prison for up to 30 years.

Posted in Charges & Trials, Heroin, Methadone, Prescription drugs | 1 Comment »

Guilty Plea in Fentanyl-Methadone Deaths

Posted by Childress on August 22, 2006

Earlier this summer, hundreds died in the Midwest from a lethal mixture of the pain-killer fentanyl and either heroin or methadone.  Now that a guilty plea has solved three of the deaths, questions remain about the other 90+.

The following information was released by the U.S. Department of Justice:

United States Attorney Margaret M. Chiara announced the guilty plea of Robert Lee King to a federal charge of distribution of fentanyl causing death. Mr. King, age 40, of Charlevoix and Cheboygan Counties, Michigan, was facing three separate charges in a trial set to begin on August 21, 2006 in the Federal District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The first charge alleged the distribution on January 8, 2005 of methadone and fentanyl, Schedule II controlled substances, resulting in the serious bodily injury and death of Emily Waskiewicz in Charlevoix County from the use of the methadone and fentanyl ….

The second charge involved a distribution of fentanyl on October 1, 2005 resulting in the serious bodily injury and death of Garry Sneller in Cheboygan County from the use of the fentanyl which King had originally obtained from a pharmacy in Boyne City, Michigan.

Fentanyl is a highly potent pain medication which typically is administered through patches worn on the skin.

The third charge alleged a conspiracy to distribute OxyContin in Charlevoix County and elsewhere from 1999-2004. A fourth charge was previously dismissed by the court. …

The charge of distribution of a controlled substance causing death carries a penalty of not less than 20 years and up to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $1 million.

Posted in Charges & Trials, Heroin, Methadone, Prescription drugs | 1 Comment »

Methadone Death in Ireland

Posted by Childress on August 17, 2006

Neil Wilson Laffin, 23, like many who use drugs, had added methadone to his drug repertoire of ecstasy and marijuana, even though he was not a heroin addict.  The results:

On the evening of Saturday, December 18, Mr Laffin was found dead by a friend.

Deborah Taylor said she had gone to see if Mr Laffin wanted some food as he had been in bed all day with a sore mouth.

She said when she found him: “He was lying face down. His lips were black and he wasn’t breathing.”

An ambulance was called and despite attempts to revive him, Mr Laffin was pronounced dead at 7.59pm.

Professor Jack Crane, state pathologist, concluded: “Death was caused by poisoning of methadone.”

Professor Crane said there had been a “relatively high concentration” of the drug in the young man’s system.

“There can be no doubt that this was the cause of death in this case,” he said.

One question remains, according to the Irish Times:  Police are investigating whether Laffin’s housemate, who had a prescription for methadone “forced” (the Times’ word) Laffin to take the drug.

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An Unusual Drug Death

Posted by Childress on June 19, 2006

Drugs alter the brain; that's why people take them.  Sometimes, they alter all reason right out of the brainpan, resulting in strage tragedies like this, from the Liverpool (UK) Daily Echo:

A man jumped to his death after realising he was on the wrong bus, a court heard.

Michael Anderson, of Mark Rake, Bromborough, was travelling to Birkenhead with his girlfriend when the pair realised the bus was heading towards the Queensway tunnel.

Mr Anderson asked the driver to stop and activated the front door when he refused.

The 31-year-old, who had traces of alcohol and methadone in his system at the time of his death, fell out as the vehicle turned a corner and went under a rear wheel.

Does anyone think he would have jumped if there were no drugs in his system?

Posted in Alcohol, Methadone | 2 Comments »