Plentiful Cheap & Deadly Ecstasy

A fit and active 20-year-old Canberra man died after using ecstasy and cannabis the ACT Coroners Court was told.

The man died of a heart attack 4 hours after taking just one ecstasy tablet and shortly after using cannabis.

(Source: Canberra Yourguide 18 June 2004)

The cost of an ecstasy tablet has fallen from $70 in the 1990s to just $35 today in most capital cities of Australia.

A National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre survey found that 66 per cent of ecstasy users bought their tablets from friends.

80 per cent of ecstasy users said the ecstasy tablets were very easy to get and they obtained them before going to clubs and pubs.

(Source: Sydney Morning Herald 24 June 2004)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Ecstasy is the major party drug used in Australia with some experts claiming half a million Australians used ecstasy in the last year.

Criminals trafficking ecstasy into Australia know that Australians prefer to take a tablet than inject illicit drugs.

Ecstasy use is increasing in Australia according to the latest surveys.

Australia must reduce its illicit drug use, as we are one of the highest illicit drug using nations in the world.

In order to protect vulnerable Australians we must reduce drug use to international best practice of no more than 3 per cent of our young people having used an illicit drug in the last year from the present level of one in three young Australian using illicit drugs.

Illicit drug users must be diverted into detoxification & rehabilitation to ensure that deaths, permanent injury and shortened lives are avoided.