Ecstasy has potent immunosuppressant qualities which have the ability to increase an individual's susceptibility to disease according to scientists at the annual British Association for the Advancement of Science festival in Dublin.
Ecstasy has been linked to psychiatric illnesses including depression, psychosis and anxiety.
Scientists are reporting unusual illnesses in young Ecstasy users like shingles of the eye and meningitis which causes inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord.
Those suffering from depression induced by Ecstasy could be more difficult to treat because it negates depression medications.
(Source: Reuters Health)
In Australia Ecstasy is commonly used in clubs, raves and hotels to extend partying and keep them dancing through the night.
The recent Australian Crime Commission report quotes the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime- "that Australia has the highest rate of Ecstasy consumption per capita in the world".
With this high use of Ecstasy in Australia our potential for escalating health problems of young adults is very high calling for higher health and mental health outlays.
Illicit drug use is preventable so future health problems are also preventable which is why we need early intervention programs to get young adults off Ecstasy.
Lets ditch harm minimization for what works.
Australia has more identified ecstasy laboratories than any other nation according to the world drug report of the United Nations.
Australia was the second highest nation after Netherlands for ecstasy seizures.
Ecstasy manufacture groups are shifting their criminal operations from Europe closer to their markets like Australia.
Large quantities of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine are being imported by air cargo flights into Australia.
Last July authorities intercepted a single shipment of 850 kilograms of pseudoephedrine from Thailand.
The illicit drug ICE, methamphetamine, accounts for 83 per cent by weight of seized imports into Australia mainly form Canada.
(Source: Sydney Morning Herald report on the United Nations World Drug Report, 26 June 2009)
Australia is a target for illicit drugs because of our huge demand.
This demand is placing pressure on Australian authorities to try and stop the flood of drugs through our porous borders.
Australia must reduce the demand for drugs by getting our illicit drug users off drugs by court ordered detoxification and rehabilitation for all illicit drug users that are identified in our community.
Our Council recommends early intervention detoxification and rehabilitation to get users off drugs as cost effective.
Ecstasy is the second most commonly used Australian drug after cannabis.
Ecstasy is increasingly being manufactured in Australia at clandestine laboratories.
Of the illicit drug laboratories detected in Australia in 2008/9, 19 were producing ecstasy almost double the 11 detected in the previous year.
Tablets sold as ecstasy are unpredictable.
Ecstasy interferes with the body's ability to regulate temperature and can result in death, liver, kidney and heart failure.
Long term use results in brain damage, paranoia, hypothermia and severe hallucinations.
(Source: Australian Crime Commission Illicit Drug Data Report 2008/9 released 8 June 2010)
Ecstasy demand is still high in Australia and is responsible for many mental problems for Australian users.
Ecstasy use is a major cause of brain damage and high demand for Australian mental health systems.
ALL ecstasy users need to be diverted into drug rehabilitation at the first apprehension to get them free of drug use.
Early intervention ecstasy rehabilitation is cost effective in saving mental health problems, reducing demand on our hospitals and prevents brain damage before it becomes chronic and irreversible.
Its time to invest in rehabilitation programs that are backed by court diversion programs that help users to quit.
Ecstasy is the second most popular Australian illicit drug after cannabis.
Ecstasy is regarded as one of the most significant problem drugs in the world by the United Nations.
Organized crime groups involved in the manufacture and trafficking of illicit drugs now pose the greatest global emerging threat.
The number of ecstasy detections at the Australian border increased by 111 per cent last year alone.
Parcel post is the most common smuggling method used for ecstasy with Canada and Ireland a significant source of trafficked drugs.
Some ecstasy users are switching to other illicit drugs as their preferred drug of use with most Australian ecstasy users in their 20’s.
(Source: Australian Crime Commission Illicit Drug Data Report 2010-11)
Australia is a target for trafficking of ecstasy because it is the most widely used illicit drug after cannabis.
Ecstasy causes anxiety, panic attacks, increased blood pressure, convulsions and frequent use leads to long lasting confusion, depression, memory impairment and death.
As the number of alternative illicit stimulants like ICE and speed become more popular then users will change.
Significantly, ecstasy is detected in a large number of persons arrested for crimes and also in traffic accidents.
There is therefore an incentive for prevention programs and diversion into rehabilitation aimed at Australians in the 20’s.
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