Articles tagged with Ecstasy Abuse
Ecstasy is a commonly-used name for MDMA (3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine). This drug was originally developed for use as an appetite suppressant, but it was never widely used for this purpose because it has hallucinogenic properties. MDMA was used for a short time in the 1960s as a treatment for some types of mental illness, but using the drug for this purpose only made the patients worse.
In the UK alone, the total number of people who have tried Ecstasy is estimated at over 5 million. There are some 1.2 million regular Ecstasy users, and an an estimated 400,000 people take E each weekend. This figure has remained constant over several years as older ravers get bored and move on, and young new acolytes rise up to swell the ranks. Through Acid House, Hardcore, Drum 'n Bass, Techno and the current Trance boom, every rebirth of dance music brings new people into nightclubs and into contact with Ecstasy. In America, the rave scene is growing, despite harsh law enforcement, poor quality 'electronica' music and huge amounts of Ecstasy hysteria.