American Teenagers Are Turning To Emergency Departments Because Of Ecstasy More Often – Part 1 of 3
American Teenagers Are Turning To Emergency Departments Because Of Ecstasy More Often. The party of US teens who wind up in the emergency range after taking the club drug Ecstasy has more than doubled in recent years, raising concerns that the hallucinogen is back in vogue, federal officials report Dec 2013. Emergency room visits related to MDMA – known as Ecstasy in pastille form and Molly in the newer powder form – increased 128 percent between 2005 and 2011 among people younger than 21. Visits rose from about unkindly 4500 to more than 10000 during that time, according to a report released Tuesday by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
And “This should be a wake-up call to everyone, but the difficulty is much bigger than what the data show,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree dot org. “These are only the cases that roll into the emergency rooms. It’s just the gen of the iceberg”. The SAMHSA study comes on the heels of a string of Ecstasy-related deaths. Organizers closed the Electric Zoo music festival in New York City one day near the start in August following two deaths and four hospitalizations caused by Ecstasy overdoses.
The deaths came a week after another young man died from Ecstasy overdose at a rock show in Boston. Ecstasy produces feelings of increased power and euphoria, and can distort a person’s senses and perception of time. It works by altering the brain’s chemistry, but research has been inconclusive regarding the effects of long-term abuse on the brain.