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Resource ID: #17884
Subject: Drugs
Source: Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)
Date: 21-May


"An analysis by the Orlando Sentinel "found glaring mistakes in research by the Office of Drug Control in its campaign to spotlight the dangers of so-called 'rave' drugs. Its official tally of rave-drug deaths reached 254. But blaming that many deaths on the club scene was grossly misleading. The state's research included dozens of errors." Among those lumped in with state's tally: terminal cancer patients; senior citizens who took painkillers under doctor's supervision; a four-year-old who died from medicine intended to treat a headache. In an effort to combat designer-drugs, "the drug office asked the state Medical Examiners Commission to send reports on every death from 1997 through 1999 that tested positive for any of 20 listed drugs." But a number of drugs found in people were not typical 'rave drugs'.

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