Ecstasy Statistics

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.
Ecstasy (Drug)
Ecstasy is known by chemists as MDMA, for 3, 4 methylene dioxymethamphetamine. It is an old drug, synthesized about 70 years ago for use as an appetite suppressant. During the late 1980's, MDMA began to grow in popularity among college students, who discovered that the drug made them feel alert, yet relaxed. They reported feelings of warmth toward each other, but they were not hyperactive.
Ecstasy-Parkinson's Connection?
(AP) Partying with Ecstasy several times a night, a common practice among users of the illegal drug, may damage key neurons in the brain and perhaps hasten the onset of Parkinson's disease, according to a study in monkeys.
Officials: Ecstasy is back, and it's laced with meth
ALBANY, New York (CNN) -- Nick, 16, says ecstasy is rampant in his high school, with kids often mixing the drug with meth and other substances. art.ecstasy.meth.cnn.2.jpg More than half of all ecstasy seized in the United States last year was laced with meth, authorities say. "You just have to know the right person. It's about as easy as any other drug. You just gotta ask for it," says Nick, who asked that his last name not be used. "It's easy to get." Law enforcement officials say stories like these highlight a disturbing trend they're seeing across the country. Most alarming, they say, is not only is ecstasy back after years of decline, but most of the time it's laced with meth.
Ecstasy: a home brew to die for
MORE than 100,000 ecstasy tablets, with a street value of more than $3 million, are consumed every weekend in Australia — and, police say, much of it is now made locally by backyard operators cashing in on demand. Australia is a world leader in the consumption of the dangerous and illegal drug, with 3 per cent of the population using the so-called party drug on a regular basis. Police say local criminals are increasingly using the internet to find out how to make ecstasy and to order chemicals and equipment instead of importing the drug from overseas. Detective Inspector Pat Boyle, acting head of the state's major drug taskforce, said Wednesday night's seizure of 1900 litres of liquid ecstasy in Sydney would have only a short-term impact on the market The chemicals could have been used to make 18 million tablets, worth $540 million.