July 2, 2010, Newsletter Issue #262: Use Patterns of Ecstasy

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Ecstasy ("E") can also be referred to as "Adam" or "the love drug," and is frequently used in club settings to achieve a "free" or "uninhibited" state. Not unlike that good old "gateway" drug marijuana, those who use ecstasy are more likely to use and abuse other illicit drugs. That being said, ecstasy also tends to be popular among teen populations.

One frightening statistic, according to Partnership for a Drug-Free America, is that emergency visits linked to ecstasy use increased by approximately 2000 percent between 1994 and 2002. It's also reported that ecstasy tends to be the least popular drug discussed between parents and their kids.

Death statistics related to ecstasy tend to be reported at lower rates. According to the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse Statistics by SAMHSA, deaths related to sole use of ecstasy were approximately 60 people out of 3,000,000 reported users. It must be noted, however, that if users were mixing multiple drugs, it may be difficult to determine the drug (or combination of) that was the direct cause of death.

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