Ecstasy users are 23 per cent more likely to suffer long-term memory loss than non-users according to a new study by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in Britain.
The ecstasy study involved 763 participants in Australia, Europe and the USA.
It showed cannabis use affects short-term memory loss.
Ecstasy users that also use cannabis faced a myriad of memory afflictions causing cognitive problems in later life.
Users of ecstasy and cannabis faced a double whammy of both short term and long term memory being impaired.
Ecstasy can cause spikes in body temperature severe enough to be fatal.
(Source: Journal of Psychopharmacology, December 2003)
Ecstasy & cannabis are the most used Australian illicit drugs.
Both ecstasy and cannabis are very dangerous drugs.
Long term health problems come from illicit drug use.
This new study confirms the dangers of ecstasy and cannabis published in other scientific studies (see our web page).
Australia MUST reduce illicit drug use.
Programs that maintain illicit drug use should be replaced by rehabilitation.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has ranked Australians as the highest users of ecstasy.
Australia has the second highest use of methamphetamine called Ice use of any country in the world second only to Thailand.
The report indicates that ecstasy use is serious and growing.
Ecstasy was imported into Australia from Europe, South East Asia and China with some manufactured in Australia.
Ecstasy tablets were of dubious quality with many diluted.
Ecstasy use in Australia was 2.9 per cent of the population in 2001 according to the report.
(Source: United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime annual report released April 2005)
Ecstasy is a commonly used illicit drug at nightclubs and rave parties in Australia.
Ecstasy use has caused deaths in Australia.
Ice or methamphetamine is known to cause violent behavior in users leading to paranoid psychosis and suicide.
Party drug users should be helped with detoxification and rehabilitation to get them drug free.
Australia needs more detoxification and rehabilitation programs to reduce the illicit drug using population.
A new Dangers of Drugs booklet issued by the Salvation Army has outlined the dangers of ecstasy.
The booklet claims one in five young adults had used ecstasy, up 33%.
Illicit drug use starts to increase around school leaving age and the average age is 22 for their first try of ecstasy.
Ecstasy has been linked with brain damage in users leading to depression, memory loss, psychological problems and an increased risk of developing a disease similar to Parkinsons disease.
(Source: Salvation Army media release 4 Nov 04)
The Victorian Government has ruled out a trial program of testing ecstasy tablets at venues to ensure they are pure.
(Source: Melbourne Herald Sun 10 Nov 04)
The Federal Government has also ruled out a program of testing ecstasy tablets or any other illicit drug.
(Source: Alcohol & Drugs Council of Australia media release 12 Nov 04)
Overseas medical research outlining the medical and psychological harm of using ecstasy is published by our Council on our web site.
Ecstasy is illegal because of the known harm so Australia needs to REDUCE the proportion of young people using ecstasy to reduce the demand for ecstasy.
The present high and increasing demand for ecstasy is causing problems for federal agencies trying to stop the flood of ecstasy into Australia identified by the Australia Federal Police.
Australia must REDUCE the increasing proportion of young people that are using illicit drugs by implementing detoxification and rehabilitation programs for illicit drug users to get them drug free.
The party drug ECSTASY has been involved in one illicit drug death on average every fortnight for the four years between 2001 and 2004.
Four in ten deaths were due to drug toxicity.
Three in ten deaths were due to road crashes
Other illicit drugs were also present in most of the 112 deaths that were reported with ECSTASY the primary drug involved
Australia has the highest ECSTASY use in the world
Depression, work and study problems were identified for ECSTASY users
ECSTASY was imlicated in sucicides and other accidents as well as car crashes and drug toxicity.
(Source: National drug and Alchol Research Centre at www.ndarc.med.edu.au
Party drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, ice and amphetamines have a much wider impact on contibuting to the death of users than just the toxicity of the chemicals themselves.
Illicit drug users use a cocktail of drugs together, the impact of which can cause the death or injury of others such as in car accidents.
ECSTASY is difficult to test for in drug driving and this causes users to use and drive with blurred vision, hallucinations, dizziness, faintness, convulsions and extreme nervousness.
Australia needs more illicit drug detoxification and rehabilitation programs to reduce the demand and substantially cut the number of users.
A new study by the University of Amsterdam has shown that low doses of Ecstasy by first time users causes brain damage.
The study of 188 volunteers aged below 21 years of age showed that first time Ecstasy users had reduced blood flow to their brain which affected their memory.
The conclusion from the study is that Ecstasy even in small doses is not safe for the brain and that people should be informed of the risks.
(Source: The Melbourne Age 29 November 2006)
Ecstasy is one of the major illicit drugs used at clubs and hotels in Australia so the brain damage even to first time users is disturbing.
Past medical research has shown that long term and heavy Ecstasy use can damage serotonin dependant neurons and cause depression, anxiety, confusion, sleep difficulty and memory problems.
The United Nations Office of Drug Control has reported that Australia has the highest consumption of Ecstasy per capita in the world.
The Australian Crime Commission reported earlier this year that one in ten 18 and 19 year olds had used Ecstasy in the past 12 months making the potential for brain damage for young people very high.
This high Ecstasy use in Australia is fuelling large flow of funds to criminal groups that manufacture or import the Ecstasy.
The potential health budget costs to deal with the brain damage will impose massive costs on Australian governments and trauma to the families of Ecstasy users.
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