Ecstasy use is increasingly rampant among people with a college degree, reveals a recent study. According to the study published recently in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the number of ecstasy users aged 18-34 with a college degree rose from 11.5 percent in 2007-08 to 24.5 percent in 2013-14. In addition, the study indicated increased use of other drugs like marijuana, LSD and ketamine among ecstasy users.
Overall, ecstasy use remained stagnant across all age groups, the study found. Nearly 2.2-2.6 percent Americans reported ecstasy use within the last year. However, a demographical variance was observed among ecstasy users. The study found a two time increase in ecstasy use among young adults with higher education between 2007 and 2014. However, the drug use witnessed a 42.9 percent decline among adolescents aged 12-17 during the same period.
“Ecstasy has been the most popular ‘club drug’ for decades, yet many national surveys show use has declined, despite the popularity of ‘Molly’. This is one of many recent papers in which I examine trends in ecstasy use to help inform prevention and harm reduction,” said study author Joseph Palamar of the New York University Langone Medical Center.
It is important to study demographics of ecstasy use, as Palamar suggested, to introduce effective prevention and harm reduction strategies to the vulnerable populations. As in this case, ecstasy use was most prevalent in college-educated individuals who might not be receptive to conventional scare tactics employed in anti-drug prevention messages, he said.
However, the author was suspicious about a few findings of the study, which were based on self-reports and could possibly understate the prevalence of ecstasy use. Palamar was not convinced that only 2 percent Americans had used ecstasy in the past year. According to him, many people underreported the use, as they might be unaware that Molly was ecstasy.
Adulterated drug use is more dangerous
Furthermore, the researchers warned ecstasy users against the risk of using adulterated drugs. There might be a situation when individuals who think they are consuming pure MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy and molly) could actually be consuming other potentially more dangerous substances. Ecstasy, particularly in powder form, comes adulterated with comparatively dangerous drugs like bath salts.
According to Palamar, most of the ecstasy-related deaths are caused due to ingesting adulterants or very high-dose pills. He emphasized on the need of educating people and potential users about at least harm reduction. Individuals who insist on using ecstasy should be aware of the need to test their drug to ensure that they are actually MDMA and not substances like bath salts.
Dealing with ecstasy addiction
Ecstasy belongs to a group of drugs called hallucinogens that also include LSD, PCP, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin mushrooms, ketamine and DMT/AMT. In 2016, around 1.4 million people aged 12 or older reported current use of hallucinogens. The use of hallucinogens was highest in young adults aged 18 to 25, with around 1.9 percent current users (668,000) in this age bracket, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).
Ecstasy is a dangerous drug, which may cause a number of health problems, including hypertension, panic attacks and seizures. Therefore, it is important to seek medical assistance to get over ecstasy addiction. Generally, any drug addiction treatment begins with detoxification. It helps a patient manage withdrawal symptoms and respond to medication. Following the detox, medications and behavioral treatments are used to help the patient recover from an addiction.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, seek treatment immediately. Sovereign Health, one of the leading drug detox centers in California, follows a systematic detox program to help people recover from addiction. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-682-0103 or chat online for more information on our drug detox clinics in California.