E for Ecstasy by Nicholas Saunders
Appendix 1: Reference Section
- 106 Misuse of Ecstasy, letters in the British Medical Journal,
- The letters related various symptoms relayed to Ecstasy use:
- 1. Recurrent acute hepatitis associated with the repeated use of MDMA.
The patient admitted to using Ecstasy 8 to 15 days before each of 3 episodes
- 2. A 20 year-old student had been taking "one or two tablets of
Ecstasy at weekend parties for the previous three months. He had ingested
about 20 tablets over this period. . .Illness developed many days after
use of Ecstasy."
- 3. Three normally fit teenagers came to the emergency department of
a hospital complaining of severe chest pain. Had all danced for some hours.
All discharged themselves after learning that their pain was not cardiac.
- 4. Two young men arrived at a hospital by ambulance. One had had a fit
after taking Ecstasy. The second collapsed after complaining of a headache,
and was kept in overnight. The next morning he said that the experience
would not stop him using Ecstasy again.
- 5. Four patients between 16 and 30 had cerebrovascular diseases related
to Ecstasy or amphetamine. Three made good recoveries, but the fourth had
died. [The report did not say which drug was taken by the person who died].
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