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Ecstasy Report.

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Ecstasy Report The drug ecstasy has been highly debated over the last thirty years. It is a class A drug and poses a large threat to health. This essay is going to show the history of the drug, why young people take it, the health risks, the legal implications and how to alert young people to the dangers of ecstasy. The drug was first discovered by the Merck pharmaceutical company and then was patented as an appetite suppressant. It was then mostly forgotten about until 1953 when it and seven other psychedelics were tested by the US army. It was used for medical purposes throughout the seventies to help with marriage counselling and psychotherapy. ...read more.


Although the image of being safe couldn't be further from the truth as ecstasy can not only irritate other diseases but also cause new ones. One of the main dangers of ecstasy is that it causes a rush in serotonin that the brain is unable to make up, this causes a permanent decrease in brain activity. Some of the short term effects of taking ecstasy include confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, anxiety, paranoia, muscle tension, nausea, blurred vision, chills, faintness, sweating, high blood pressure, rashes and involuntary teeth clenching. The more severe effects can include internal bleeding, heart attacks, strokes, dehydration, hyperthermia, kidney failure and death. ...read more.


The reason for this is that the same thing happened in the eighties and the public stopped listening to the warnings. Now to alert young people to the dangers of ecstasy, leaflets about the dangers are distributed in raves and also people are searched going into raves to try to stop the dealers smuggling the drug in. A way of measuring how well the leaflets are working is by how many are left behind after a rave, if there is a lot on the floor then the leaflet needs to be rethought but if there are very few then it is usually working. In conclusion, due to the severe side effects, the drug ecstasy has correctly received a class A rating. Also the anti-drugs associations are going the right way to reduce ecstasy users. ...read more.

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