Q. I read in the paper that there's been a big increase
in the use of "ecstasy" by kids. When I mentioned
it to my 15-year old, she assured me she hadn't used it but
said it was "no big deal". That worries me. What is
"ecstasy" and what is the "big deal" so
I can pass it on?
A. The article
you read was referring to the highly-respected Monitoring
The Future study which queries high-school and college-age
students every year. The survey, released in mid-December,
shows that use of "ecstasy" was up 82% among 8th
graders in one year and up about 45% among 10th and 12th graders.
It is easy to get.
The perception of availability of "ecstasy" by 12th
graders rose precipitously (a one-year increase from 40.1%
to 51.4%). This is the largest one-year percentage point increase
in the availability measure among 12th graders for any drug
class in the 26-year history of the MTF study! For complete
information on Monitoring The Future, go to http://www.health.org/newsroom/mtf/index.htm.
is the popular slang name for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
(MDMA). It is both a stimulant and an hallucinogen. "Ecstasy"
is far from harmless. Research shows that its chronic abuse
appears to damage the brain's ability to think and regulate
emotion, memory, sleep and pain. That qualifies it as a "big
So talk to your
daughter. Do some research together at www.clubdrugs.org
and remind her of your expectations. She needs your support.
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