- アメリカ連邦麻薬局（ＤＥＡ）の誇張例 -
Ecstasy victim told friends
she felt like she was 'going to die'
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Pub date: May 4, 2004
Subj: Ecstasy victim told friends she felt like she was 'going to die'
Author: Matthew B. Stannard, Chronicle Staff Writer
「カナビスは医薬品ではない」 あるいは 「喫煙カナビスは医薬品ではない」 という主張は、ＤＥＡのタンディ局長が２００５年に書いた 「マリファナ、神話が人を殺している」 （キャッシュ） という文によく表れているが、内容は、自分たちに都合のよいところだけをあちこちから引用してきて誇張して書かれている。
ＩＯＭ報告 の引用もあるが、実際には報告書自体を読まずに、さも本当に読んで書いたように装っている。これは、２００２年にＤＥＡが発表した文章 をそっくり孫引きしていることからもわかる。全体がこのような具合で、医学的な問題を扱っているのに、引用文献には肝心の医学論文はほとんど載っておらず、あっても政府の刊行物の孫引きか新聞記事の引用ばかりだったりする。
また、喫煙カナビスには医療価値がないという根拠については、カリフォルニア大学医療カナビス研究センター （ＣＭＣＲ） に喫煙カナビスを使った研究を許可しているが、医療効果があることを見出した研究はひとつもない、と主張している。
しかしこれも全くの嘘で、ＣＭＣＲの プレスリリース や完了した研究のリスト を見れば簡単にわかる。特に、動物実験や基礎研究が一段落した今年になってからは、喫煙カナビスの医療効果を認めた人間での臨床研究が相次いで発表されており、もはやＤＥＡ局長の主張には何ら根拠がなくなっている。
When a 14-year-old Belmont girl in the throes of her first experience with the drug ecstasy complained that she felt like she was "going to die," her two friends offered her water and gave her a bath but did not seek medical care, sources close to the investigation said Monday.
Irma Perez passed out hours later, and died when she was removed from life support Wednesday. The two friends allegedly at the slumber party where she took the pill appeared in San Mateo County Juvenile Court on Monday on charges of felony child endangerment, possession and furnishing of a controlled substance.
"I truly think that if she had gotten help early on, she'd probably be alive today," said San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault.
Monday's hearing was open to the public because the drug charges are among a small list of exemptions to the secrecy that generally surrounds juvenile cases. However, The Chronicle is not naming the two teenagers because of their ages. Both are 14.
According to several sources close to the investigation, Perez had a strong negative reaction April 23 after taking a blue pill presumed to be MDMA, known on the street as ecstasy. Toxicological tests are still pending to show whether the pill was contaminated with other substances.
Perez complained of feeling awful and said she felt like she was "going to die," the sources said. In response, her friends gave her water and helped her take a bath.
She also was given ibuprofen and possibly marijuana, apparently because the friends knew that drug is sometimes used to treat cancer patients, sources said.
The two girls also contacted a 17-year-old boy who allegedly supplied them with the drug and asked him for advice, the sources said. He has since been arrested on the same charges as the two girls.
Also arrested was 20-year-old Antonio Rivera Jr., who was arraigned April 27 on seven felony counts of furnishing drugs to minors and being in possession of drugs for sale, and one misdemeanor for drug possession.
No medical help was summoned to the Belmont home where the slumber party was held until the next morning, when Perez was found unconscious.
The two girls were represented in court by attorneys Philip Barnett of San Mateo and David Cohen of San Francisco.
Both girls entered quietly, wearing oversize orange juvenile hall shirts, and sat before weeping family members. Both girls appeared to be crying as well.
Cohen asked for his client to be held in home detention, saying her family had worked out a schedule for relatives to watch her continually in shifts. He said the girl had performed well last year after her school ordered her into drug counseling for her marijuana use and told her not to associate with Barnett's client. Barnett did not discuss his client's history.
However, Judge Marta Diaz ordered both girls held in Juvenile Hall for the time being, pending their trials, for their own safety and others.
She told Cohen that even if his client had done well in the past, she had apparently violated the school's orders by spending time with her co-defendant -- presumably with her parents' knowledge -- and by allegedly taking drugs.
In addition, Diaz said, the alleged consequences of that action are more severe than in the past.
"There's a dead person," she said.
"I understand the circumstances are very different," Cohen said. "Nobody takes lightly in any way what occurred. It's a tragedy."
Neither Cohen nor Barnett commented after the hearing, nor did the girls' family members.
Deputy District Attorney Eddie Thomas Jr., who is prosecuting the case, declined to discuss specifics of the case but said it is important that his office bring charges against the girls as well as the men from whom they allegedly bought the drugs.
"Those who furnish drugs provide somebody else an opportunity to get drugs," Thomas said. "They too should be pursued, especially when somebody has lost their life."