April 27, 2007, Newsletter Issue #129: Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG)

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MDMA is used most often by young adults and adolescents at clubs, raves (large, all-night dance parties), and rock concerts.

Its abuse is increasingly reported in the 20 metropolitan areas included in the CEWG.

In Kings County, Washington, a recently completed survey of young men who have sex with men showed that MDMA was among the frequently used drugs (20 percent of the sample).

In Boston, a 1996-97 survey of public schools in Boston found that about 14 percent of male and 7 percent of female 12th graders had used MDMA during their lifetime. Increased use of MDMA among youth was also reported in Seattle.

Information about MDMA from other CEWG areas include the following:

In Atlanta, MDMA is reported as a popular stimulant.

In Chicago, itīs use is common in the rave and club scenes, especially in the North Side.

In Miami, large-scale sales of drugs such as MDMA are occurring at raves.

In New Jersey, it is available across the state, particularly in college towns.

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