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NCJ Number: 203653 Find in a Library
Title: Campuses and the Club Drug Ecstasy
Author(s): Amy Powell
Corporate Author: Education Development Ctr
Higher Education Ctr for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
United States of America
Date Published: May 2001
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Education Development Ctr
Newton, MA 02160
Gang Intelligence Strategy Committee
Sale Source: Education Development Ctr
Higher Education Ctr for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02160
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document discusses the possible effects of ecstasy use on college campuses.
Abstract: Ecstasy is one of the names used to refer to the chemical structure 3-4 methylenedioxymeth-amphetamine. This synthetic, psychoactive substance is also known as methaline dioximethamphetamine (MDMA). Its chemical composition is similar to mescaline and methamphetamine, two synthetic drugs known to cause brain damage. Ecstasy is usually taken in the form of pills or capsules, although it is occasionally used in powder form. Most varieties are stamped with a distinguishing logo, such as a green triangle or a brand name. The purchase price of ecstasy in the United States is generally between $20 and $30 per pill. Ecstasy is frequently called a club drug because of its widespread use at clubs, concerts, and raves (large, all-night dance parties). The actual number of students using ecstasy and other club drugs remains relatively low. Recent surveys indicate use is rising. The heaviest ecstasy use is among young adults of traditional college age (18 to 25 years old), with 5 percent using the drug at least once in their lifetime. Campuses face the possibility that more incoming students will have already experimented with ecstasy. The use of this club drug increased among three grade levels -- 8th, 10th, and 12th -- according to the 2000 Monitoring the Future Survey. Along with reported increases in use, ecstasy’s availability appears to be increasing. Possible effects from the drug are a temporary feeling of enhanced self-confidence, feeling less inhibited, confusion, depression, and hallucinations. A small number of deaths has been reported among ecstasy users. Ecstasy is often used in conjunction with alcohol or other drugs while dancing in overheated venues. While the long-term effects of ecstasy are uncertain, known dangers involve the unregulated nature of the drug. Ecstasy, laced with a variety of additives, is coming into major cities. Would-be ecstasy users may unknowingly ingest other potentially harmful substances. Strategies college campuses can use to reduce ecstasy use include promoting alcohol- and drug-free social, recreational, and extracurricular options and public service; and limiting availability and access to ecstasy. 22 notes
Main Term(s): MDMA (designer drug); Students
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Designer drugs; Drug abuse; Drug effects; Hallucinogens; Illicit chemicals
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