Pubdate: Tue, 23 May 2000
Source: Chicago Sun-Times (IL)
Copyright: 2000 The Sun-Times Co.
Contact:  401 N. Wabash, Chicago IL 60611
Author: James E. Gierach
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A Naperville high school senior recently fell victim to the irony of the 
drug war. Instead of saving a kid from drugs, the drug war took her life. 
Instead of consuming ecstasy--a popular teenage "club drug"--as she 
expected, she ingested a powerful amphetamine that killed her in six hours. 
Apparently, even the 21-year-old who allegedly provided the teen with the 
drug also was fooled--he too thought the drug was ecstasy. How could these 
young people not know what drug they were passing and ingesting?

How many hands touched the pills that killed this teen? Did the pills 
change hands five times or 10 times? Were they traded for other drugs? 
Where they mixed with other pills in a common container? Were they all from 
the same batch? The same manufacturer?

A toxicology report, issue posthumously, makes for a poor labeling scheme. 
No product labels, no brand names, no warnings.

A teen is dead. The drug provider likely will go to prison. The drug 
manufacturer likely will remain anonymous. The local police, school 
officials and politicians will assail the evils of drugs. And the drug 
war--which prescribed another unsuspected, lethal dose of uncontrolled 
drugs--will escape unscathed as it creeps off with immunity in stalk of the 
next unsuspecting teen.

James E. Gierach, Oak Lawn
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