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The following 4 pictures are courtesy of the BBC.

Dead from ecstasy use. Read!!!

 

   

Dead from heroin use. Read!!!


Lorna Spinks, 19, died minutes before this picture was taken. She lost her fight for life 36 hours after taking two high strength ecstasy tablets. This picture was taken at the request of her parents to publicize the dangers of taking ecstasy. Photo: Ian McCarney, Masons
 

 

The following 2 pictures are courtesy of  the Tazewell County State's Attorney at 309-477-2205.
Email: sa@tazewell.com

          

   Before Meth.                         After Meth.

 

                       

Gia Carangi, SuperModel- Dead from Heroin/AIDS

 

 

 

The American Council for Drug Education is glad to share with you
one young lady’s true story of her experience with Ecstasy. 
We hope you will read it, learn from it and pass it on. 
The names of all persons have been changed to protect the individuals mentioned. 
All photos are from public domain stock.

 

The events that took place that night flash back to me every night before I fall asleep.  It started out just like any other day in Louisville, Colorado.  I went with my mom to ride my horse, just like any other Saturday, and it seemed normal.  But normal was the last thing it was because that night three friends and I were going to do the club drug ecstasy.  We had heard about it from other friends.  They told us how they “rolled” at raves and even at friends’ parties.  They said it was loads of fun and, to us, it seemed relatively safe.

So that night Kelly, Veronica, Liz, and myself were ready.  Liz, who used to live in Colorado but moved out of town to live with her dad, was throwing a party at her mom’s house for her 16th birthday.  She was in town to celebrate her birthday with all of her closest friends.  Kelly, Veronica and I arrived at Liz’s house at about 6:30 p.m.  We were the first people to arrive.  All four of us went to Liz’s room and sat and talked about how excited and nervous we were to try ecstasy.  It was the first time for all of us and it was a bit frightening.  We decided to take the pills at 9:30 p.m. and we were all going to meet in Liz’s room at that time.

We had purchased the pills at school the day before.  They had been twenty-five dollars each.  They were called green clovers

 

People began to arrive at the party.  Some brought birthday presents and some brought alcohol.  By the time 9:30 rolled around I noticed that there were a lot of people there and a lot of them were drunk.  I went upstairs with Veronica and we found Liz and Kelly in Liz’s room.  Liz was unsure about taking her pill.  I told her that it was her decision if she wanted to take it or not.  In the end she decided to take half. 

The four of us went into the bathroom and closed the door behind us.  We each took a deep breath and swallowed the pills and made our way back into the party.  About 45 minutes later I started to feel strange.  My vision was blurred
and the music seemed louder.  My adrenaline was high and my heart was racing.  I started to feel thirsty and my teeth were grinding uncontrollably.  I was up dancing to the music and I was having a lot of fun.  But this didn’t last long.  At about 11:30 p.m., I noticed that people were acting really weird.  Veronica and I were downstairs hanging out with some other people but we couldn’t find Liz or Kelly.  I saw that there were people running downstairs to fill up water bottles and then running back upstairs where they would go into the bathroom and lock themselves in.

I dismissed the bad feeling I had but at about 12:30 p.m. Veronica and I went upstairs and we started to understand what was going on.  Liz, Kelly, and two other girls, Katie and Annie, were all in the bathroom.  I glanced into the bathroom and I saw Liz.  She was just sitting on the floor looking around at the faces of all her friends.  But she didn’t seem like she even knew who we all were.  She was pale and then her eyes rolled back into her head and she threw up. Apparently she had been throwing up since 11:00 p.m. and nobody knew what to do.  People kept giving her water and she would just throw it up.  But she kept asking for more water.  By the time I found out what was going on everybody was panicking. 

People were yelling, saying to give her water, others saying not to give her water.  Some said to call 911, but others said she would be fine; they just didn’t want to get caught because they were all drunk.  Then most of the people left.  Katie, one of Liz’s closest friends, told me that she had to leave.  She was crying so hard and I realized that this was very bad. 

Liz’s 17 year old brother, Dan, told Kelly, Veronica, me, and about seven other people to hide in the basement because they were going to call an ambulance.  So we all went down into the basement and sat.  We could hear cops and paramedics upstairs.  I started to get really scared.  Kelly was very upset.  I tried to comfort her but nothing seemed to work.  That was when she told me that Liz had taken the other half of the pill.  About 40 minutes later Kelly, Veronica, and I went back upstairs.  The cops were gone and so was Liz.  Annie and about four other people were sitting in the kitchen.  They all looked very upset.  Annie, who was supposed to be in charge of the house, really wanted to go home.  I told her that I would watch the house.  So Kelly, Veronica, and I were left in the house.  There were seven drunk people in the basement still.  The three of us decided to try to sleep.  So we laid on the couches in the living room and awaited the call from Janet (Liz’ mom).  At about 3:30 a.m. the phone rang.  I answered it.

 

“Hello,” I said.

“Who is this?” Liz’ mom Janet asked.

“It’s me, Whitney.”

“Is Annie there?”

“No, she went home.  Is Liz okay?”

“Honey, no she’s not.  She’s in a coma on life support.  It doesn’t look good.”

I fell to the floor and sobbed.  I told her to call if anything happened and she said she would.  I hung up the phone and looked up.  Kelly and Veronica were looking at me.  I told them what Janet had told me.  Kelly couldn’t take it and she started crying.  I told her that everything would be fine.  That Liz was going to wake up and life would be normal.  But I knew that this wasn’t true.

We all fell asleep.  At about 5:30 a.m. the phone rang.  It was Liz’s step-dad.  He told us that some cops were going to come to the house and see if we were all right.  He said just to let them in and tell them everything.  At 6:00 a.m. the cops arrived.  We opened the door and they all rushed in.  There were also paramedics.  One cop was in our faces yelling at us.  Saying things like: “I hope you had fun, your friend is in a coma.  Was it worth it?”  I was so scared.  They made Kelly, Veronica, and I sit down on the stairs and they took down all of our information.  They found the drunk kids in the basement and got their information too. 

Then they told us that we were going to be taken to the hospital to make sure that we didn’t have the same reaction as Liz.  That was when I flipped out.  I told them that I wasn’t going to any hospital without talking to my mom first.  They told me that it was too late for that and that I was in their hands.  They took me, Veronica, and a drunk girl to one hospital and the rest of the people to another.  They were going to the one where Liz was.  At the hospital, the nurses and doctors didn’t know what to do.  One of the doctors told me that they had never had anyone come in as a result of ecstasy and she had no idea of how to treat me.

A police officer came in and told me that my mom had been called and that when she got there he was going to ask me some questions.  My mom arrived and I could tell by the look on her face that she was not happy.  She didn’t know what had happened so I told her.  Then the police officer started to ask me questions.  He wanted to know where I got the pill.  They brought in a yearbook and made me point out the people who I got the pill from.  I told him everything because he said that it would all help Liz.

Later that day my mom and I went to the hospital where Liz was.  We got there and all of my friends were there and their parents were with them.  The first people I saw were these two guys.  They were crying and I knew that it must be bad.  It’s not everyday you see a guy cry.  I cried the whole time I was there but I almost lost it when I was allowed to go in and see Liz.  I went in with Veronica to see Liz.  She was lying in this bed with tubes going down her throat and she was hooked up to all sorts of machines.  We went in and talked to her and told her that she would be okay.  It was so scary.  Her forehead and throat were all swollen.  She looked like she was sleeping.  I see that image of her lying there every time I close my eyes.

The next four days were awful.  I had to go back to school and endure hundreds of questions about what happened.  I got to read about Liz in the paper and about her on TV.  I got calls from all the media asking questions.  The police called and told me that we were all going to be arrested.  So we called a lawyer.  All this time Liz was in the hospital.

On the Friday following the party I went with my parents to the Justice Center to turn myself in.  There was a warrant out for my arrest.  Kelly, Veronica, the two girls who we bought the pills from, another guy and myself were all arrested on drug related charges.  The shock was that they were all felonies.  At the Justice Center one of the cops who questioned me at the hospital took me into a room, separate from my parents, and “arrested” me.  He just entered information into the computer.  Then he asked me if I knew how Liz was doing.  I told him that I hadn’t heard anything in a while.  He brought me back into the room with my parents who were dealing with the bail bonds guy because I had a 2,500.00-dollar bond. The cop stood and looked at me and then said the words that I had been dreading all week long.

“Liz passed away at 1:18 p.m. today,” he said.

I fell on the ground and started to cry.  I just started shaking so badly.  The cop told me that Liz’s parents had taken her off of the life support.  I was so upset that I didn’t even care that I had been arrested.  I went home and just couldn’t stand it.  I just sat in front of the TV and waited for the news to come on.  For some reason I had a strong obsession with the media coverage of the case.  I cut out every article from the paper about it and I still have them all.

When the news came on I knew that it was a mistake watching it.  They had copies of the warrant and they said that we were all staying the weekend in jail.  Which obviously was a lie.  They made us out to be terrible criminals who had killed our friend, and I believed it.  I believed that everything that had happened was my fault.  I don’t remember sleeping that night.  All I remember was thinking about how Liz was gone.  I didn’t understand why I hadn’t died.  I had taken the same pill as her.  In the same atmosphere and she was dead and I was still alive.

Then I realized that I was lucky. I was lucky to be alive and to have Kelly and Veronica.  I wanted to pick up the phone and call them.  But I knew that I couldn’t.  Because we were co-defendants we weren’t allowed to talk to each other.  If I did talk to them I could go to jail.  I felt so alone.

     

All of this was because of a pill.  It got me arrested.  We were in and out of court for three months.  In the end we pleaded guilty to one charge.  We each were sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.  Eventually we were able to talk to each other again.  Later we learned that we almost got charged with manslaughter.  We got expelled from school and had to go to private school.  My parents grounded me and I still am grounded.  I most likely will be until I am 18. 

But the worst part is that I lost a friend.  Attending a 16-year old girl’s funeral is just unreal.  There were about 500 people there.  All of my friends were there and even people from the community who didn’t know Liz were there.  This had affected them all so much and it was really touching.  But I still can’t believe that it is true.  I think about Liz everyday.

I genuinely believe that Liz is in a better place.  This experience has taught me a lot.  Drugs are not worth it.  They killed Liz.  I think that this happened so that people could learn that a drug we thought was safe isn't.  It kills.  Other people have lost their lives to ecstasy.  I hope that soon people will learn that all drugs are bad for you.  Maybe then we will have a leg up on the “war on drugs”.  Hopefully nobody will have to go through what Kelly, Veronica, and I went through. 

Hopefully nobody will have to pointlessly lose their lives to drugs. 
But that is just wishful thinking, or is it?

 

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Drunk Driving Crash Pictures

Three High School Seniors died in drunk driving crash before graduation.
High school honor student killed
by drunk driver while changing a flat tire in the freeway emergency lane.
The car her son was killed in. "
He and his girlfriend were on their way to eat dinner at Chi Chi's just before 9:30 when a drunk driver hit them head on. They think the drunk was going at least 75 mph on a 50 mph road. My son's car was sent airborne and landed 35 feet away on it's roof in a ditch."
Just Call Me Crash - (Very Graphic)
In 1995, Denise Wagoner was involved in a near fatal car crash, the victim of an impaired driver.  She had multiple skull fractures, a crunched vertebrae, crushed ribs, and a swollen brain.  Every facial bone was broken, her arm was broken, and she lost her sight. Denise was the impaired driver. 
Truck hit head on by drunk driver.
This picture is of an old Chevy Truck that hit a 4 door vehicle head on.
Princess Diana's crash. Her driver had a 0.18 blood alcohol content (France's legal limit is 0.05).
Drunk
Driver died in this car crash and killed two others.
  The white blankets are draped over the victims bodies.

In 1998 alone, 41,471 people lost their lives in car collisions  Of those collisions, over 15,938 were related to alcohol.   More then 305,000 people were injured in alcohol related collisions.   Estimated costs relating to each alcohol related fatality collision are about $900,000, and $20,000 for each injury collision.

(including court costs, insurance pay outs and medical payments)

Nearly 1/2 of all alcohol related collisions are among drivers 21 to 35.

December tops the list as deadliest of months to drive.  Deaths go up due to alcohol consumption during the holidays as well as worsened weather.

Don't drink and drive. 

 

 


Articles I., II., III courtesy of NARCONON

I. Darvocet Overdose

A Darvocet overdose happens when you consume more Darvocet than your body can safely handle. Darvocet abusers are constantly flirting with a Darvocet overdose, and the difference between the high they're seeking and serious injury or death is often quite small. A Darvocet overdose is deadly because it can happen so quickly. In fact, one study has shown that 20 percent of fatal Darvocet overdoses occur in the first hour after ingestion of the drug. An extreme overdose of Darvocet may lead to unconsciousness and death. When an individual experiences an overdose from Darvocet it may be difficult to determine the amount they have taken, due to loss of memory caused by the over dosage. Due to this fact, the individual who is suffering from an overdose from Darvocet must receive emergency attention immediately.

Darvocet overdose is characterized by slowed breathing, extreme drowsiness progressing to stupor or coma, limp muscles, or cold, clammy skin. Severe Darvocet overdose may result in death due to cardiac arrest or stopped breathing. A Darvocet overdose can result in severe liver poisoning due to the acetaminophen in Darvocet. An overdose of acetaminophen may not show symptoms for two to four days, but must be treated within twenty-for hours to prevent liver damage or death. Seek emergency medical treatment immediately if you suspect an overdose.

Many cases of drug overdose involving prescription medications such as Darvocet are related to mixing drugs that accelerate each other's effects. Never mix a powerful medication like Darvocet with another prescription drug that you or your physician suspect may not be safe. Never mix Darvocet with over the counter medications that have not been approved by your doctor or pharmacist, and avoid mixing it with street drugs of any type. Ignoring drug interaction warnings has resulted in fatal overdose in some patients.

 

Symptoms of a Darvocet overdose may include:

 

 

II. Ecstasy Overdose

MDMA or ecstasy is a Schedule I synthetic, psychoactive drug possessing stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. Ecstasy possesses chemical variations of the stimulant amphetamine or methamphetamine and a hallucinogen, most often mescaline. Illicit use of Ecstasy did not become popular until the late 1980s and early 1990s. Ecstasy is frequently used in combination with other drugs, which increases the users risk of an ecstasy overdose. However, it is rarely consumed with alcohol, as alcohol is believed to diminish its effects. Ecstasy is most often distributed at late-night parties called "raves", nightclubs, and rock concerts. As the rave and club scene expands to metropolitan and suburban areas across the country, ecstasy use and distribution are increasing as well.

An Ecstasy overdose happens when you consume more Ecstasy than your body can safely handle. Ecstasy users are constantly flirting with drug overdose, and the difference between the high they're seeking and serious injury or death is often quite small.

By November of 1995 50 to 60 individuals had died due to either an ecstasy overdose or dehydration because of ecstasy. Occurrences of Ecstasy overdoses continue including 8 people in Miami and 5 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In Boston during the first three quarters of 2000, Ecstasy was the most frequently
mentioned drug in telephone calls to the Poison Control Center.

Warning Signs of Overdose

An Ecstasy Overdose is Characterized By:

Below is an excerpt from:

Ecstasy Overdose Killed N.J. Student
Wednesday, December 12, 2001
By Ashanti M. alvarez & Tara Kane Staff Writers for the N.J. News

"An Ecstasy overdose led to the death of a Pequannock High School senior who was found unconscious at a Manhattan nightclub in August, New York City's medical examiner said Tuesday.

Michael Del Giudice, 18, died of "acute intoxication from methylenedioxy-methylamphetamine," or MDMA, the drug commonly known as Ecstasy....

But taking Ecstasy causes dehydration, which, coupled with intense body heat from dancing in a packed environment and a lack of water, can easily lead to sickness and, in rare cases, death.

New York's medical examiner, however, determined that Del Giudice died from an Ecstasy overdose. The office would not specify how much of the drug was found in his system....

A spokeswoman for the National Institutes of Health said there is no specific amount of the drug that will cause an overdose. Rather, a person's body weight and age are factors, as well as simultaneous use of other drugs, including alcohol...."

 

III. Methadone Overdose

Overdose due to methadone is on the rise in the state of Florida. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Florida Office of Drug Control (ODC) are issuing this safety alert in an attempt to warn the citizens of Florida about the abuse of a dangerous prescription drug. The 2002 Interim Report of Drugs from the state medical examiners indicate that there have been 254 deaths related to the abuse of the prescription drug methadone between January – June of 2002. This number represents a 31% increase in comparison to the last six months of 2001. The deaths related to methadone represent the single largest increase in any category of drugs listed in this report, which includes cocaine, heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone and methylated amphetamines. Of these 254 deaths, 133 cases involving methadone were overdose deaths. Of these 133 instances where methadone was found in lethal levels, 110 instances involved the use of another drug as well. These numbers are significant, and the danger posed by the abuse of this drug, especially when used in combination with other drugs and without a legitimate prescription from a physician, warrants an immediate notification to the public.

Contrary to popular belief methadone is a highly addictive drug. Abusers will often combine methadone with other drugs, such as Klonepin, in order to intensify the high and make it resemble the feelings they get from heroin. Methadone is a Schedule II prescription drug that is sold in oral, liquid (ampules and vials) and tablet forms as seen in the photos. Reports have emerged that more and more patients are asking for methadone by name, particularly at pain management clinics. Physicians may also be prescribing methadone more often given the media and law enforcement attention that has been focused on the abuse of other opiate drugs, in particular OxyContin.

The purpose of this alert is to make the citizens of Florida and the law enforcement community aware of the misuse and abuse of this prescription drug. In February of 2001, an alert was issued regarding the abuse of hydrocodone and oxycodone. While the 2002 Interim Report of Drugs demonstrated that these two prescription drugs still posed a threat to the public, there were notable decreases in the overdose death rates of these two categories of drugs. We urge all members of law enforcement, hospitals, poison control centers, and emergency medical technicians to contact their area forensic laboratory or Medical Examiners office for information as to the effects and symptoms associated with methadone abuse.

Some methadone deaths result from accidental or deliberate overdoses by patients with legitimate prescriptions, said Bruce Goldberger, a UF forensic toxicologist whose laboratory performs drug analyses for medical examiners in 35 Florida counties. But others occur when the drug is used recreationally for its euphoric, long-lasting high, often by patients who go “doctor shopping” to obtain multiple prescriptions. Deaths also can occur when individuals borrow pills from others for pain medication and accidentally overdose.

“In Florida, we had a 71 percent increase in methadone-related deaths from 2000 to 2001 - now methadone is associated with more deaths than heroin,” said Goldberger, a clinical associate professor of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine at UF’s College of Medicine. “Colleagues in other states have told me they’ve seen an upswing in methadone deaths.”

Methadone was detected during 357 autopsies statewide in 2001, compared with 328 autopsies involving heroin, according to an FDLE report on drug-related deaths issued in June. Nationwide, methadone-related emergency room visits nearly doubled between 1999 and 2001, from 5,426 to 10,725, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, a federal data collection system.

“If you’ve never used opiates before, it’s very difficult to predict how you’ll respond to the typical methadone pill - that’s why doctors use such care in determining the correct initial dosage,” he said. “More than half the methadone-related deaths in Florida in 2001 were people ages 35 to 50. I suspect many of them were not trying to get high; they simply needed pain relief, got a pill from someone else and didn’t realize the danger they were getting into.”

Goldberger said he’s seen deaths in nearly every age group, from an 18-year-old man who ingested small doses of methadone and alcohol recreationally, to middle-aged and elderly patients who were prescribed methadone legitimately but died as a result of combined drug intoxication.

 

 

The seriousness of methadone intoxication/overdose and its possible consequences cannot be overemphasized. For non-tolerant adults, a single day's maintenance dose of methadone (50-100 mg) can be lethal. For those beginning MMT, starting doses of 40 mg have lead to deaths after three days of treatment. The lethal dose is less if it is taken together with other opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines or barbiturates. Children may overdose if they mistake the medication for a drink. A 10 to 20 mg dose of methadone can be fatal to a child.

In 1992 there were 131 deaths attributed directly to methadone overdose. Methadone is relatively available on the illicit market as there are large numbers of tolerant individuals whose daily dose is well over the lethal dose for non-tolerant individuals. This may explain why, of the fatalities above, only 25% had been previously notified to the Home Office, and why methadone overdose deaths among people in treatment are relatively rare. Methadone is one of the strongest opiates. It has a slow onset of action and a long half-life and causes severe respiratory depression which is usually the cause of death.

Methadone overdose is a serious medical emergency. In the event of suspected overdose call an ambulance. If the person is losing consciousness lie them on their side in the recovery position so that they will not choke if they vomit. Inducing people to vomit is not recommended because of the risk of rapid onset of CNS depression/unconsciousness which could lead to choking.

 

Symptoms of an Overdose from Methadone include but are not limited to the following:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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