Ecstasy

Ecstasy is Very Dangerous

Drinking water while using ecstasy will not stop harm from the drug.

Ecstasy causes cardiac arrest, massive body temperature increases, spontaneous blood coagulation, toxic inflammation of the liver, kidney failure and internal poisoning.

Over 60 cases of death by hypothermia have been found in UK ecstasy users according to the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence.

In 1995 a 15-year-old Sydney girl died using ecstasy for the first time.

In 1996 a 37-year-old South Australian woman died from a brain hemorrhage after taking an ecstasy tablet.

In 1996 a 29-year-old Western Australian man died after using ecstasy.

Dr. Rod Irvine from the University of Adelaide warned ecstasy users will suffer permanent brain damage that will show up in later life even after ecstasy use stopped.

A 1998 Anti Cancer Council of Victoria survey of 29,700 secondary school students reported that 4% had used ecstasy and usage increased as the students got older.

Ecstasy is now a mainstream drug for the 13 to 40 age group.

Ecstasy Brain Damage Permanent

Dr. Rod Irvine from the University of Adelaide has warned -

A generation of users of the party drug ecstasy are suffering brain damage that will only become evident as they grow older.

Ecstasy users that escape the immediate side effects will suffer in middle age.

Scientists have known for 10 years that pure ecstasy causes brain damage in animals.

Brain scans show that seratomin, a vital brain chemical that has a number of functions, is considerably reduced in ecstasy users.

It would not be surprising if the brain damage did not show up until the ecstasy users were in their 50's.

Symptoms of brain damage will be evident even after ecstasy use was stopped.

(Source: Adelaide Advertiser 17 April 2002)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Rave parties and nightclubs are a prominent source of ecstasy for young people.

With a heroin drought addicts are using ecstasy more.

Ecstasy users should be assisted into detoxification and rehabilitation.

Bizarre Swiss Ecstasy Idea

Harm minimization policies are becoming more unreal.

Switzerland is now investigating a policy of analyzing ecstasy pills near rave parties to make sure they are OK.

The policy proposal is to have mobile laboratories near rave parties and nightclubs so people can have their ecstasy tablets checked out for purity.

This bizarre proposal is in line with the harm minimization policies that are making the drug problem worse.

Ecstasy is very dangerous and there is no safe usage.

Ecstasy kills users without warning.

Ecstasy causes cardiac arrest, massive body temperature increases, spontaneous blood coagulation, toxic inflammation of the liver, kidney failure and internal poisoning.

These mobile laboratories will be used by drug pushers to solicit higher prices from users.

(Source: L'AGEFI newspaper 26 July 2002)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

The drug tolerance policies of harm minimization are a massive failure.

These policies lead to more and more drug use.

This increased drug use leads to more harm minimization policies that are more dangerous.

We need policies that ELIMINATE harm and help addicts.

Ecstasy Memory Loss Link

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)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

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.

Ecstasy Use Highest in Australia

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)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

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.

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THE DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS

More detoxification & rehabilitation that gets illicit drug users drug free.
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Less illicit drug users, drug pushers and drug related crimes.

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