Ecstasy research finding makes experts…ecstatic!
There is no evidence ecstasy causes brain damage, a major study into the drug has shown.
The study, led by Prof John Halpern of Harvard Medical School and published in the journal Addiction last month, was funded by a $1.8m grant from the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. It was designed specifically to avoid methodological drawbacks that bedevilled earlier, similar research.
Ecstasy – or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA – came into widespread use in the 1980s when taking it was linked to raves and daances. Its symptoms include euphoria, a sense of intimacy with others and diminished anxiety and depression.
Some experts have welcomed the new paper. “I always assumed that, when properly designed studies were carried out, we would find ecstasy does not cause brain damage,” said Prof David Nutt, who was fired as chair of the UK’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs by his minister for publicly stating alcohol and tobacco were more harmful than ecstasy. http://snipurl.com/23f756