E for Ecstasy by Nicholas Saunders
Appendix 1: Reference Section
- 34 Recreational MDMA use in Sydney: a profile of Ecstasy users
and their experiences with the drug, by Nadia Solowij et al., in the British
Journal of Addiction, 1992
- 100 Ecstasy users responded to a survey distributed through a 'snowball'
peer network in 1991. The authors found that Ecstasy was mainly used for
fun at dance parties and social gatherings and its perceived effects were
a 'positive mood state' and feelings of intimacy and closeness to others.
Secondary effects included: acting as a stimulant, giving insights and enhancing
perception and sensuality. Side effects and residual effects were not consistent
but no worse than for amphetamines and psychedelics. 80% of users agreed
that Ecstasy was fun to use; 13% were neutral and 7% disagreed. 28% reported
that they had had problems with taking E. Of those who had taken Ecstasy
between one and three times, 75% described it as pleasant and enjoyable.
58% would recommend it to others.
- The authors conclude that Ecstasy is not conducive to regular and frequent
use because of tolerance to its positive effects while its negative effects
increased. There had been few problems associated with Ecstasy use, but
caution should be observed until the level of risk the drug poses to humans
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