The Dangers of MDMA Essay

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The Dangers of MDMA Ecstasy (MDMA) has recently gained popularity in the media due to the dramatic increase in its use by Americans, especially teens and young adults. This has lead to a surge in research efforts to determine the short and long-term physical and neurological risks that are associated with the drug. It has been discovered that Ecstasy is one of the most dangerous drugs currently available on the streets of America. It poses serious risks to its users both psychically and neurologically, being known to cause damage to major organ systems in the body, including the liver, heart and brain. Psychically, there are temporary negative side effects that occur while the drug is still active in the body, and also long-term…show more content…
Another study, titled Monitoring the Future, conducted research to compare the change in the amount of Ecstasy being used by High School students in 1999 and 2000. Results showed that Ecstasy use increased from 1.7 percent to 3.1 percent among 8th graders, from 4.4 percent to 5.4 percent among 10th graders, and from 5.6 percent to 8.2 percent among 12th graders (MDMA 2). A study conducted by the Community Epidemology Work Group (CEWG) has also reported that MDMA is the most prominent stimulant used in Chicago, and it is the drug of choice among white middle class young adults in Washington D.C.. The most startling fact, however, is that tablets seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration has increased from 13,342 in 1996 to 949,257 in 2000 (MDMA 2). An increase of this magnitude in such a short amount of time has researchers worried, and scrambling to find information on the potential risks of the drug. MDMA, or 3-4 methylene-dioxymethamphetimine, is defined as being a "synthetic psychoactive drug with both stimulant (amphetamine-like) and hallucinogenic (LSD-like) properties" (MDMA 1). MDMA is similar to amphetamines in respect to physiological symptoms induced by the drug, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, dilation of bronchial tubes of the lungs (ironically helping asthma), dilated pupils, and increased blood flow to muscle tissue (Kuhn 72). Its similarity to LSD occurs in the effect that it has on mood, creating a relaxed feeling
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