The tragic news this morning of two deaths at an electronic music festival in New York served as a reminder to many that ecstasy use has surged again in recent years. While the cause of death hasn’t been immediately determined the article suggests that officials suspect they were related to the use of ecstasy.
Ecstasy use rose dramatically back at then end of the 1990’s but then tapered off for several years. However, statistics from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) show that the number of emergency room visits involving ecstasy more than doubled between 2004 and 2011, increasing from just over 10,000 to more than 22,000. If you look even farther back, they were below 1,000 in the mid-1990’s.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that ecstasy use rose from 0.3 percent in 2004 back up to 0.5 percent by 2010. The difference translates into minimally at least tens of thousands more users of the drug.
In addition to the rise in ER visits for ecstasy, there has also been the addition of offshoot synthetic drugs with similar chemical compositions. Many proponents of ecstasy use claim that these other variations are much more dangerous.
Regardless of the chemical structure, multiple drugs in this category have several immediate effects that users need to be aware of, including increased heart rate and body temperature along with risk of severe dehydration. These combinations can be especially dangerous at events like electronic music festivals where there are packed crowds of young people overtaxing their bodies.
If you know of someone in need of help for ecstasy use or any other form of addiction, contact us today for a free consultation on how you can help your family member or loved one get into a treatment program that can help.