Ecstasy Statistics: ER Data
- Ecstasy related emergency room incidents increased nationwide from 250 in 1994, to 637 in 1997, to 1,142 in 1998, and 2,850 in 1999.
Ecstasy Statistics: Usage Data
- About 8% of high school seniors surveyed had tried ecstasy at least once in their lives.
- About 5.5% of 19-22 year olds surveyed had used ecstasy in the previous year.
- In 2000, approximately 6.4 million people had tried ecstasy at least once in their lifetime.
- 28% of teens know a friend or classmate who has used ecstasy, with 17% knowing more than one user.
- 10% of teens say that they have been to a rave and ecstasy was available at more than two-thirds of these raves.
- Among 12th graders, ecstasy use rose from 5.6% in 1999 to 8.2% in 2000.
- Use of ecstasy continued to rise among American teenagers in 2001, following sharp increases among young adults and adolescents in recent year. However, the rate of growth is finally beginning to slow. That result comes from the national survey in the Monitoring the Future series, conducted annually for the past 27 years by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, which included about 44,000 students in 424 public and private secondary schools.
Ecstasy Statistics: About Ecstasy
- Ecstasy tablets seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration increased from 13,342 in 1996 to 949,257 in 2000.
- Typical doses of ecstasy range from around 80 to 160 milligrams of MDMA when taken orally.
- The amount ecstasy smuggled from Europe to the United States is worth more than $3 billion. Some comes from Britain or is trafficked by gangs with connections in the UK according to European police sources.
Ecstasy Statistics: Effects and Side Effects
- When ecstasy is taken by mouth, the effects manifest about 30-45 minutes later.
- Research suggests that people who used ecstasy at least 25 times had lowered serotonin levels for as long as a year after quitting.
Ecstasy Statistics: Treatment Data
- The number of persons being admitted for treatment of ecstasy addiction is increasing rapidly in Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Texas.