Rise in Ecstasy Use Shows Up in ER Visits

ecstasyresearchThe club drug that boomed in the late 90’s had apparently peaked shortly after 2000 and then waned, but has been rising again in recent years. A recent release from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that the number of people under the age of 21 showing up in emergency rooms because of Ecstasy has more than doubled.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), Ecstasy-related emergency department visits rose a total of more than 120 percent between a six-year period for those under the legal drinking age. The number jumped from less than 4,500 visits to more than 10,000. While this represented only a small portion of the total drug-related visits, the continuing increase in MDMA use is substantial and alarming.

Among the most common side effects that could induce a trip to the ER for Ecstasy could be rapid heart rate, dehydration and hallucinations. Additional substance abuse while taking the drug also increases the incidence of seriously harmful reactions.

Even for those who don’t have immediate serious reactions, scientists say that Ecstasy use causes a depletion in serotonin availability after the initial burn-up, leaving many users in a depressed state. This is a dangerous and vulnerable time, especially for younger people, and their reactions unfortunately often include more substance abuse to try and cover up the feelings.

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