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How Drugs Work – Ecstasy

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Written by Peter Reynolds

January 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

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  1. so… 500,000 users every week with only 50 deaths recorded hmm so, not very dangerous when put into context and compared to how many people die of bee stings each year and combined with the fact that most deaths are caused by mixing drugs and alcohol and or by the adverse effects of dehydration. The worst risk involvedin taking class A drugs is simply the fact they are produced by criminal gangs and can contain just about anything such as strycnine ( rat poison etc).

    Another problem with the illegal rave parties is that they are rarely legal and not upto fire safety standards and not environmentally controlled leading to excessive heat which could be a recipe for disaster but this is just a factor of illegal parties that esctacy users are attracted to and not a problem with the substance itself.

    I honestly believe that if the government controlled the manufacture of these pills there would be no ill effects reported, the girl in this film reporting hospitalisation was in my opinion down to either a fake, poison laced pill or she has an allergy of some of the compounds in the pills she took which will never be proven due to no 2 batches of these pills being the same.

    It just reflects how much of a desire we all have to get off our head, to experience a change of perception by using a substance to help forget the stresses of life. Prohibition will never be the way to control these drugs , it simply serves to drive up the price and keeps criminal gangs very rich and the user at risk of the roulette wheel that is buying drugs from unknown sources. If it becomes a prescription drug for ptsd it will be a lot safer at least and goes to show there are possible benefits from substances that change perception so drastically even if only for a short time, the effects can benefit the user long term.

    To conclude, is Esctacy a real problem, well, i think humans are the problem with some of us seemingly having a total lack of self control with anything that delivers pleasure, food, drink, drugs, it matters not, some of us just can’t moderate and in my opinion, most things are perfectly safe if taken in moderation.


    January 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    • You’re getting more eloquent by the day Cannaseur. I’m looking forward to meeting you soon.

      Peter Reynolds

      January 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

  2. The one thing that has always stopped my using is my total distrust of people who manufacture & deal. Sorry that I seem to have such a low opinion of people but man, when they want to make a larger batch, who knows how they stretch it? Could be anything at all in that hit.


    January 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    • All the more reason to take it out of the underworld and regulate it properly. Prohibition is a fundamentally immoral and dangerous policy.

      Peter Reynolds

      January 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

  3. “Most people who died from taking ecstasy were white employed men in their late 20s, known to services as drug addicts, and died at home. Typically, the deceased took several different (prescribed and non-prescribed) drugs with ecstasy; the large number of people who also took opiates seems surprising but confirms previous findings and may explain why a high proportion of the victims were known to services. People may have taken ecstasy with other drugs to modulate the effects—ecstasy had, at least, a facilitating role in causing death. A small proportion of people (6/81; 7%) died after taking only ecstasy—a previously doubted possibility. Toxicological tests could detect all drugs that had been taken in the 2–3 days before death and gave only limited information about which drugs had been taken on the last occasion.”


    January 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

  4. After the total propaganda of the cannabis one last week I thought this was going to be the same – but I actually thought it was quite good and I learnt a few things about E’s & MDMA I didn’t know before.

    It’s not my cup of tea however I can see the attraction, but with the amount of crap they could be cut with its just another area where government regulation would be better than prohibition for saving lives and minimising risk.

    Mr Bimble

    January 17, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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