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What People Should Know About Ecstasy Addiction Statistics

Ecstasy has been rising in popularity since the late nineteen eighties and the early nineteen nineties it over time it has really managed to earn the reputation of a "designer drug" because it's mainly used at dance club parties. The primary ingredient of ecstasy is known as MDMA, causing people to experience intense energy levels, feelings of openness, emotional lability, tactile sensations and so on.

Thus, those who take ecstasy will experience what is known as an "ecstasy trip" which is more popular by the name of "rolling". In this time they experience euphoria, heightened sexual sensations and an increased level of emotional connectedness. This is due to the fact that the drug actually affects the brain's neurochemistry.

Psychological and physical dependence

Generally ecstasy is used in rave clubs, dance parties and it doesn't really meet the traditional criteria for physical addiction. Even though physical addiction is less likely to happen because of neurochemical depletion and drug tolerance, it can however make people become psychologically addicted to it. This in some people will also trigger the onset for severe mental and physical health problems if the individuals continue to use it for prolonged periods of time. On the other hand, the drug is most of the times cut with cheaper drugs in order to allow for cost-effective dealing. The secondary (filler) drugs are mostly amphetamines and they will generally lead, after cessation, to physical cravings.


Many psychologists and psychiatrists have agreed on the fact that one of the main factors that leads people to Ecstasy dependence is the fact that the users' brain reward centers become affected by the massive serotonin flood affecting them when using the drug. In the last years Ecstasy has become one of the most studied drugs by the government and healthcare industry after a real Ecstasy pandemic that happened in the last years.

Usage and dependence

Almost 500.000 Americans used Ecstasy in the last thirty days, according to a study that took place in 2004.As of the same year, more than eleven million people all over USA admitted they used Ecstasy at least once in their life. The information was provided by the National Survey of Drug Use and Health.Over eight percent of individuals in the 12th grade admitted they used Ecstasy at least once within the prior twelve months


More than 1/3 of Ecstasy users meet the diagnostic criteria for drug abuse problems, according to NIDA.The majority of those who got into the Emergency Room for conditions involving Ecstasy were generally young adults. Most of them seeking medical aid for MDMA related causes were between eighteen and twenty years old.In the last half of two thousand and three, among emergency room visits more than twenty two hundred cases involved the use of Ecstasy, according to DAWN.According to a literature review by NIDA, intense and extended use of Ecstasy will lead to issues with memory formation and cognition, retrieval and storage.A study conducted in 2001 found that forty three percent of people using Ecstasy met the criteria for diagnosis of a substance abuse dependency.

Nationwide Demographics

a) The use of Ecstasy for young adults from eighteen to twenty five vary by region of the country, with almost nine point five percent usage levels in the N-E region of the country, a lower four point six percent usage rate in the mid-western region and seven percent in the Southern and West Coast regions.

b) Ecstasy use spans across many ethnicities and backgrounds, something which was highlighted by the MTF study in 2005. Almost one point five percent of African Americans, three percent of Hispanics and almost four percent of Caucasians engaged in taking the drug.

Other Facts

a) Among those using Ecstasy nationwide, eighty six percent of them were likely using marijuana and hashish as well, whereas those who used the drug in the past twelve months, had a mere eighteen percent chance of using cannabis.

b) Almost ninety eight percent of people who used MDMA in the last twelve months, according to the SAMHSA report, had also imbibed alcohol within that time period.

These are the ecstasy addiction statistics in regards to the use of this drug and the fact is that as of late, things are not showing any improvements. People should be very careful if they decide to jeopardize their health by using the drug, because once they start on this path, it's hard to quit it on their own.