MDMA, Molly, Ecstasy, all of this applies to a very popular but very dangerous drug that is used quite frequently by young adults and all age ranges for that matter in the United States. While the use and the abuse of ecstasy, (or MDMA), among adolescents aged 12 to 17 has declined in recent years, use of the drug remains steady among adults between the ages of 18 to 30. In fact, teens have only stopped using this drug quite so much because there are other, more interesting drugs for them to use. MDMA is still as popular as it has ever been if not more so.
Ecstasy use in the year of 2014 was highest among adults of the age of 18 to 25, (where past month use was estimated at 0.8% of this population). So this drug is not as common as marijuana is, or as meth is, or even as heroin and prescription drugs is, but it is still quite common and prevalent in the nation today.
Ecstasy initially became popular in the nightclub scene in the 1980s, but use has since spread to a broader range of people who are now very excited about it and who use it and abuse it regularly too. This widespread ecstasy use has persisted over recent years too, and while some very certain and very specific demographics use it less now than they did in recent years, the majority of demographics still use it a lot and still use it quite frequently and with some demographics it is even getting more popular than it was before.
Over half a million adults surveyed in the year of 2014 were current ecstasy users and abusers of the drug. Over eight-hundred thousand were active users in 2015. This is an alarming number and a scary increase to say the least, given ecstasy’s high potential for addiction and a wide range of harmful health effects that it can have on a person too.
How MDMA Affects Those Who Use It
One of the reasons why people do not stay away from MDMA is because they simply do not know or do not understand exactly why the substance is dangerous or what about the substance exactly makes it so dangerous. This could be made a lot clearer if people knew exactly what this drug did to people mentally and physically. If this was the case then less people would use it and abuse it.
MDMA increases the activity of three brain chemicals which create euphoric reactions but which are also very bad for the health of the mind and body:
- Dopamine is increased. This causes a surge in euphoria and increased energy/activity. But it also exerts the body’s brain and central nervous system in a very dangerous, critical way.
- Norepinephrine is increased. This increases heart rate and blood pressure, which are particularly risky for people with heart and blood vessel problems, or with anyone really if this is taken too far.
- Serotonin is increased. This affects mood, appetite, sleep, and other functions in a pretty big way. It also triggers hormones that affect sexual arousal and trust in others. The release of large amounts of serotonin likely causes the emotional closeness, elevated mood, and empathy felt by MDMA users. It also causes people to make bad decisions that do not take their health or their overall lives into account.
When the dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels of a human’s body are so severely affected, this throws off the basic, chemical balance of the brain and central nervous system. It is very dangerous to do this because the effects can sometimes be permanent. From a chemical and biological standpoint, death can even occur if enough MDMA is used in one instance.
The True Statistics on Ecstasy and MDMA Abuse
With other drugs causing a lot of havoc and upset in the nation of late, not as much attention has been placed on Ecstasy and MDMA. However, it is still a very dangerous and prevalent drug. Ecstasy and MDMA runs rampant through the nation and only gets worse. Some demographics don’t use it as much as they used to, but others use it even more than they used to.
- Nearly 7% of those of the age of 12 and older have used ecstasy at least once in their lifetime.
- Nearly 1% of the same population of those who have ever used Ecstasy or MDMA has used it within the past year alone.
- About one out of every three-hundred Americans have used ecstasy within the past month.
- Ecstasy use has remained relatively steady in the general population since 2009, with a slight growth occurring between 2014 and 2015. In 2013 for example, 751,000 persons aged 12 or older reported using ecstasy for the very first time.
- About 1.2% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 had taken ecstasy at least once in their lives.
- An estimated 0.7% of adolescents reported taking ecstasy in the past year alone.
- Roughly 0.2% of adolescents reported using ecstasy in the previous month alone.
- An estimated 12% of young adults reported using ecstasy at least once in their entire lifetime.
- About 3.5% of young adults, (18-25), reported using the drug in the previous year alone.
- In the year of 2011, an estimated 22,498 emergency department, (ED), visits involved ecstasy use and abuse, with the majority of ED visits occurring among individuals of the age of 18 to 29. These ED visits involving ecstasy have more than doubled since the year of 2004. Males represented nearly 70% of ED visits all in all, which is concurrent with normal uses of drugs and alcohol between men and women.
- In the year of 2013, over 17 million Americans reported having used ecstasy at some point in their lives according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The 2013 NSDUH also showed that the rate of MDMA use is highest among 18-25 year olds, with a full 12.8% reporting having ever tried it.
Addressing an MDMA Ecstasy Epidemic with Rehabilitation
Certainly, drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general is a deadly and dangerous affliction for many. Truly the only way to address addiction and substance abuse in general is to go into and through an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, rehab program, detox facility, and recovery organization. This is ultimately the best chance that anyone who is addicted to anything has at winning the battle against addiction and living a new life and experiencing sobriety and abstinence.
People who are addicted to MDMA and Ecstasy are no different. Though this drug is not as heavily impacting as other drugs are, it is still quite dangerous and quite deadly to say the least. When someone is addicted to MDMA, their world to a greater or lesser degree revolves around the substance and it becomes the driving factor in their lives.
With proper rehabilitation, anyone who is addicted to anything can find and experience sobriety and recovery from their addiction for good. MDMA addicts need to be able to experience the detoxification and the rehabilitation offered at such centers to be able to find happiness and success in life. Addiction is a terrible affliction and is certainly deadly, but with rehab this issue can be properly addressed and eradicated for good.