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For many, Ecstasy is a way to open up and express feelings for which they don't otherwise have the courage, nerves or words. For others it's just plain fun. Find out what it's all about. http://www.addictsnotanonymous.com/2011/06/total-ecstasy-experience.htmlFor many, Ecstasy is a way to open up and express feelings for which they don't... more
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It seems the British youth are starting to fall out of love with drugs as the number of young people taking illegal substances has fallen by 30% in 15 years. In the 1960s fewer than 5 per cent of young adults had tried an illegal drug. This reached roughly 10 per cent in the 1970s, and 15-20 per cent in the 1980s. By 1995, nearly half of all young people said they had taken drugs.But surprisingly in 2011, the number of adults in England and Wales who used illicit substances in 2009-10 was 8.6 per cent – the lowest recorded since the study began in 1996, according to figures released by the NHS in January which are based on data from the British Crime Survey.Among 16-24-year-olds, the picture was the same, with just 20 per cent saying they had taken drugs in the previous year – another record low, and a third lower than the proportion 15 years ago.Cocaine use is down, speed is down, cannabis is way down (yet again). LSD use is flat, but just one fifth of what it was in 1996. Though heroin use is also stable, fewer young people are currently requesting treatment for addiction to it.Meanwhile, in the largest ever survey of drug use among British clubbers, published in this month's edition of Mixmag, there were found to be large year-on-year falls in the number of people taking cannabis (by five percentage points), ketamine (10), ecstasy (five) and cocaine (20). In this country at least, for reasons that remain mysterious (read the full Guardian article here), drugs seem to be going out of fashion.So what's up - is the drop down to quality, price, bad celebrity PR, our are people just becoming more sensible?What do you think? It seems the British youth are starting to fall out of love with drugs as the number... more
The drug MDMA—better known by its street name, Ecstasy—may be illegal, but a new study suggests that it’s also a promising treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
The study, which appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, included 20 people with PTSD stemming from traumas such as sexual assault and combat stress. On two separate occasions, 12 of the people took a dose of MDMA and then spoke for several hours with a pair of trained therapists. The others took a placebo but received the same therapy. (All of the participants received additional therapy sessions that did not involve the drug.)
Two months later, 10 of the 12 people who took MDMA had improved to the point where they no longer met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, and three participants whose condition had prevented them from holding down a job were able to return to work.
By contrast, just two of the eight people in the placebo group experienced a substantial improvement in their symptoms.
MDMA is believed to raise levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin and the so-called "bonding hormone," oxytocin. The resulting sense of euphoria and emotional warmth seems to help patients connect with their therapists, says Michael Mithoefer, M.D., the lead author of the study and a Mount Pleasant, South Carolina-based psychiatrist who specializes in PTSD.
"A lot of the time, people have quite painful and challenging experiences revisiting the trauma, and [MDMA] can help them do it without being overwhelmed or numbed out," he says.
Don't try this experiment at home. Ecstasy use can cause depression, severe anxiety, and potential cognitive problems, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And when purchased on the street it can be contaminated.
Conducting a study with an illegal drug is a complex process. This was the first clinical trial to explore the therapeutic potential of MDMA since the drug was outlawed in 1985, and the researchers required the permission of the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration , and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
"It took quite a bit of time to get approval," Mithoefer says.
The study was funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a California-based nonprofit organization that also sponsors research on medical marijuana and psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin.
The use of MDMA in psychotherapy has been studied for decades, but research in the U.S. all but ground to a halt after the drug became illegal.
Mithoefer and his team are now gearing up for a similar study involving combat veterans, which is scheduled to begin later this year.
http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/18/can-ecstasy-help-ease-post-traumatic-stress/The drug MDMA—better known by its street name, Ecstasy—may be illegal, but... more
A 15-year-old girl died Tuesday of a suspected drug overdose after attending a rave over the weekend at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that had a minimum age requirement of 16.
The girl, identified by family members as Sasha Rodriguez, was one of two rave attendees who were in critical condition at California Hospital Medical Center after the 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival.
As Sasha's family decided whether to remove her from life support Tuesday, her mother, Grace Rodriguez, told the CBS Evening News: "I was supposed to be planning her Sweet Sixteen party. Now I have to plan her funeral."A 15-year-old girl died Tuesday of a suspected drug overdose after attending a rave... more
Tonight, Vanguard premieres The Forest of Ecstasy at 10pm ET/ 10pm PT on Current. Not too long before our trip, I’d bought myself a new digital SLR camera to satisfy my then-newfound passion for still photography. (Some photos below) As I go through the hundreds of photos I took during our trip, I’m reminded of all the moments and experiences my colleague Joanne and I experienced during our trip to Cambodia.
While the ecstasy trade, and its impact on Cambodia’s rainforest was one of the main focuses of our trip, this was just one of many many stories that caught our attention. In her blog entry, Joanne touches upon how the drug trade has overrun the heretofore vulnerable nation – today, mostly in the form of meth.
In the mid-late 70s, Cambodia was run by a genocidal regime, known as the Khmer Rouge. In 1975, the Khmer Rouge took over the country, and declared the beginning of Year Zero – and all cultural institutions and traditions were to be wiped. Essentially, the nation would hit the restart button, and only new revolutionary ideas would hold.
These guys were responsible for killing nearly 1/5 of the nation’s population, wiping out entire classes of intellectuals and professionals, and instituting an entirely socialized, agrarian society.
During the campaign of terror, the country was essentially hermetically sealed off from the rest of the world. This isolation would outlast the regime itself, which was driven from power in 1979. Ongoing violence and instability kept much of the rest of the world from wanting to engage, or do any business in this dangerous country.
Drugs, like many other legal products, are part of international business. Cambodia’s instability proved to be too risky for the drug traffickers, who steered clear. So even though the country sat in a region known for massive flows of drugs, Cambodia was entirely drug free.
In the years since the Khmer Rouge have lost power and melted away, Cambodia has begun to rejoin and re-engage with the world. This has meant increased trade with its neighbors. And now, the drugs are flowing in, in massive amounts.
Drug pushers are finding Cambodia to be rich, fertile ground for the proliferation and sale of drugs. Meth has proven to be particularly viral for this broken population. At the same time, those who are resource-hungry are also finding Cambodia ripe for exploitation. Like the forests full of the ecstasy precursors and the exotic animals deep inside.
Unfortunately for Cambodia, this is what democracy, the ideals of freedom, and trade have brought. Development has been extremely positive for Cambodia, and the nation is far better off than it was under the Khmer Rouge. But did liberty and freedom have to be so costly?
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- Cambodia’s Coming Drug Crisis - Joanne Shen
- Preparing for armageddon in the year 2012 - Adrian BaschukTonight, Vanguard premieres The Forest of Ecstasy at 10pm ET/ 10pm PT on Current. Not... more
Those of us who have grown up in the U.S. have an ingrained understanding of what a drug is. We know that sometimes drugs can make you feel really good and sometimes they can make you feel really bad. We know that drugs alter your body chemistry, and affect your body and brain functions - for a short time or perhaps forever. Assailed from an early age with public service announcements, school drug education programs, and the diatribes of political candidates, we know about the dangers of addiction to the point at which "This is your brain on drugs" campaigns and "Just Say No" slogans have become the easy butt of jokes.
But Cambodia is starting from scratch. After decades of civil war, genocide and mass starvation, there is still too little understanding of what a drug is, in comparison to the amount of drugs that are quickly becoming available. This summer Adam Yamaguchi and I traveled to Cambodia to produce "Forest of Ecstasy" which will be airing this Wednesday at 10P/9C. In the program, we examine how the global demand for the club drug ecstasy is fueling the destruction of Cambodian rainforest as criminals try to get their hands on locally produced safrole oil, a key ingredient in the drug.
Ecstasy belongs to a category of drugs called Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS), and according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, global demand for ATS drugs is on the rise and Asia is becoming a hotspot for global production. Cambodia's porous borders and inadequate law enforcement and border controls have made it an easy destination for drug traffickers and producers who manufacture ATS drugs, like ecstasy and meth, to feed the lucrative international trade. Consequently, there's a spillover effect when these illicit drugs pass through the country and locals get their first contact with them.
It's easy to see how local demand for these synthetic drugs could grow furiously. As a country like Cambodia, which was closed off from the rest of the world for decades, enters the fast paced 21st century, its population is increasingly curious about these meds that supposedly make you happier, stronger and more productive. While ecstasy is still too expensive for the average Cambodian, abuse of meth, is quickly becoming prevalent among working-class Cambodians. People like fishermen, truck drivers and agricultural workers, who have to work long, strenuous hours take meth-laced pills known in local slang either as yaba or yama. (It depends who is talking about it. We were told that "yaba" literally means "the pill that makes you crazy" but drug dealers call it "yama" which means "strong like a horse"). These little pills look like colorful, harmless candy and they're pushed onto unsuspecting, uneducated Cambodians as vitamins. In this clip of raw footage, Adam Yamaguchi looks at a handful of this popular form of meth:
Meth in the form of yaba/yama is the gateway drug for many Cambodians. From yaba or yama, they move onto highly addictive crystal meth, which is already the drug of choice amongst Cambodian street kids. Natural curiosity about drugs, the growing available supply of drugs and a population in which more than a third of the population is under the age of 15, are all factors that collectively could lead to a national drug crisis. Time to bust out some catchy anti-drug slogans in Khmer, 'cause we've got a perfect storm brewing.
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We're now in the midst of a worldwide renaissance in psychedelic research, after decades of political suppression. Scientists from around the world will present their new findings at the largest psychedelic conference to take place in the US in 17 years, on April 15-18, 2010, in San Jose, CA (http://www.maps.org/conference/ ). Even media reports, which usually mention in passing the widespread use of psychedelics by the counterculture in the 1960s, are more hopeful than alarming. In this talk, we'll review the factors which led to the backlash and the lessons to be learned, discuss how the FDA opened the door to research around the world, how the ghost of Timothy Leary was buried at Harvard, and how Burning Man struggles to respond to people who have difficult psychedelic experiences. We'll conclude by explaining how non-profit drug development, initially of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for postraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can transform psychedelics into FDA-approved prescription medicines and can lay the groundwork for the successful, long-term integration of psychedelics into the mainstream of medicine, religion, art, creativity, and celebration.
Rick founded MAPS in 1986. His dissertation [http://www.maps.org/dissertation/] (Public Policy, Harvards Kennedy School of Government) was on "The Regulation of the Medical Use of Psychedelics and Marijuana," and his masters thesis [http://www.maps.org/docs/doblin-mt.html] (Harvard) focused on the attitudes and experiences of oncologists concerning the medical use of marijuana. His undergraduate thesis [http://www.maps.org/research/cluster/psilo-lsd/goodfriday.pdf] (New College of Florida) was a twenty-five year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment [http://www.maps.org/books/pahnke/index.html], which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He has also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Tim Learys Concord Prison experiment [http://www.maps.org/news-letters/v09n4/09410con.html].We're now in the midst of a worldwide renaissance in psychedelic research, after... more
EDMONTON - Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man who collapsed at a rave early Monday morning at West Edmonton Mall.
The man is believed to have taken ecstasy, police said.
Detectives from the west division criminal investigation section are now searching for the person who may have given the man drugs.
Police were called to the Frost 2009 rave at the Edmonton Event Centre just before 4 a.m. and paramedics arrived shortly afterwards to transport the man to hospital, where he died at approximately 6 a.m. Two other men and a woman in their 20s, also suspected of taking ecstasy, were taken to hospital and released.
The 19-year-old attended Frost with three friends, police said. According to the Frost 2009 Facebook page, the licensed, 18-and-older event was an all-night party that began at 9 p.m. Sunday night and ended at 6 a.m. Monday. It featured more than a dozen DJs and was put on by promoters at Calgary’s Boodang Music Canada.
The man’s death is currently not considered criminal, police said. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.
Police are asking for anyone with information about the incident to call the EPS Dispatch line at 780-423-4567.
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Recent results from a US trial looking at post traumatic stress disorder found more than 90 per cent of patients taking ecstasy showed a significant improvement in their condition. Meanwhile, interim results from a Swiss study indicate that LSD may improve the quality of life for people suffering from anxiety while causing no serious side effects.Recent results from a US trial looking at post traumatic stress disorder found more... more
A recent case report from St George's Medical School, released by doctors from London University, could explain why some people claim ecstasy tablets have deteriorated in quality... because the subject of the case report ate them all.
The British man, known as 'Mr A' (why they didn't call him Mr E, I'll never know) has apparently munched his way through 40,000 disco biscuits over the space of nine years. It started with him dropping up to five pills at the weekends, but over time escalated to him taking 25 a day over four years!
He's a pretty good example of when taking drugs can be a bad thing, he still suffers "from severe physical and mental health side-effects, including extreme memory problems, paranoia, hallucinations and depression. He also suffers from painful muscle rigidity around his neck and jaw which often prevents him from opening his mouth." Doctors also think that these symptoms could be with him for the rest of his life.A recent case report from St George's Medical School, released by doctors from... more
Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution
"The failure of the drug war has led a few of its braver generals, especially from Europe and Latin America, to suggest shifting the focus from locking up people to public health and “harm reduction” (such as encouraging addicts to use clean needles). This approach would put more emphasis on public education and the treatment of addicts, and less on the harassment of peasants who grow coca and the punishment of consumers of “soft” drugs for personal use. That would be a step in the right direction. But it is unlikely to be adequately funded, and it does nothing to take organised crime out of the picture."Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution "The failure of... more
Mind-altering psychedelics, or hallucinogens, are back in the research labs, where their therapeutic applications -- rather than the illegal use -- are being explored. Studies are looking at psychedelics to treat a number of otherwise intractable psychiatric disorders, including chronic depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and drug or alcohol dependency.
The past 15 years have seen a quiet resurgence of psychedelic drug research as scientists have come to recognize the long-underappreciated potential of these drugs. In the past few years, a growing number of studies using human volunteers have begun to explore the possible therapeutic beneﬁts of drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, DMT, MDMA, ibogaine and ketamine......
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I for one have experienced the healing and awaking of a good experiment into the brain via the helping hand of a psychedelic. Our society has been putting great tools on the back burner and keeping us from the truly healing potions that have been used for thousands of years.
Have you had a healing experince?
Why are some substances "drugs" while others are "medications?"Mind-altering psychedelics, or hallucinogens, are back in the research labs, where... more
Dr. Michael Mithoefer is at the forefront of a controversial field of study. He is leading a pilot study into using MDMA -- the pure form of the illegal drug ecstasy -- to treat depression and post traumatic stress disorder.
"Originally, MDMA (ecstasy) was used for everything from couples therapy to managing pain in terminally ill cancer patients. Dr. Alexander Shulgin was the pioneer in that field, staring in the 50's. Check him out. He's a very interesting character. Remember, just because it feels good and f*cks you up, doesn't mean it has to be illegal. Anything that will help our troops when they return from this stupid war, I'm all for."- BansheewailDr. Michael Mithoefer is at the forefront of a controversial field of study. He is... more
Johnny Blagrove, 34, and his 22-year-old girlfriend Cara Burton have admitted to selling drugs to Amy Winehouse, among others. The duo filmed Winehouse smoking a crack pipe and sold the footage to the Sun newspaper earlier this year. They pleaded guilty to two counts of offering to supply Class A drugs - cocaine and MDMA - and one count of offering to supply Class B, while Burton pleaded guilty to two counts of offering to supply Class B. Johnny Blagrove, 34, and his 22-year-old girlfriend Cara Burton have admitted to... more
Thursday, March 5, 2009
NEW KENT, Va. (AP) -- A man was arrested outside of New Kent, Va., Thursday after state troopers found more than 10,000 tabs of LSD in his car. The man was pulled over for speeding and state troopers conducted a search of his car after smelling a strong odor of "marijuana and general hippieness." They then discovered the massive quantity of LSD -- worth more than $50,000, officials said -- inside a tie-dye duffle bag. Each tab of this particular batch of the psychedelic drug featured a small picture of former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The man was en route to Hampton, Va., where popular jam band Phish is to play its first concerts in nearly five years this coming weekend. Thursday, March 5, 2009 NEW KENT, Va. (AP) -- A man was arrested outside of New Kent,... more
A rise in the importation of high-purity powder or crystal ecstasy has led to clubbers confusing it with cocaine, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACDM) heard at an open session reviewing legal classification.
Prof David Nutt, the council's incoming chairman, said: "If you are buying white powders from someone, how do you know if you are getting MDMA [ecstasy's main ingredient], methamphetamine or cocaine? It's potentially very dangerous." Powdered ecstasy was "massively more powerful" than tablet form.
Tablets are sometimes cut with ingredients such as caffeine, ketamine, amphetamine and benzylpiperazine, a recreational class of drug likely to be outlawed soon.
Evidence of the harm caused is difficult to assess because clubbers often mix drink and drugs. The number of deaths linked to ecstasy had risen from around 17 in 1998 to 57 in 2007, Prof Fabrizio Schifano, said. Other assessments placed the current death rate at around 30 a year. Most deaths result from overheating when clubbers suffer massive organ failure.
Young women may be at greater risk, Schifano suggested, because of the effect of high estrogen levels on the ability to metabolize the drug.
Previous scientific studies have found prolonged use causes memory loss. But Prof Val Curran, from University College London, dismissed one often-quoted study as "meaningless". "We have not found [one] person who was dependent on ecstasy," she said. "The people who used it were actually a bit less depressed ... There's no robust evidence of long-term effects. Further research is needed."A rise in the importation of high-purity powder or crystal ecstasy has led to clubbers... more
In January, North Wales Police chief constable Richard Brunstrom courted controversy when he suggested ecstasy was less dangerous than aspirin.
And in 2006, a group of MPs warned that alcohol and tobacco were more harmful to the nation's health than LSD and ecstasy.
MPs on the Commons science and technology select committee demanded an overhaul of the classification system to give the public a "better sense of the relative harms involved".
They commissioned medical experts to analyse 20 substances for their addictive qualities, social harm and physical damage.
Heroin and cocaine, both Class A drugs, topped the league table of harm, while alcohol was ranked fifth.
Alcohol, tobacco and solvents, which can all be bought legally, were judged more damaging than LSD (14th) and ecstasy (18th)
The latest official figures show an estimated 567,000 people aged between 16-59 used ecstasy in 2006/07, and 272,000 of those were aged between 16-24.
Mr Shapiro believes usage has perhaps only slightly declined from the 1990s, while the price has dropped dramatically.
When the drug first hit the dance scene, it cost £25. Today, prices have fallen to as low as £5 or less, depending on quantity and quality.
In terms of ecstasy-related deaths there were 11 in 1998 and 17 in 1999. More recent figures show there were 246 deaths between 2003 and 2007.
But one thing that has not changed is the level of relative harm, according to Mr Shapiro.
"I don't think people would think ecstasy was as dangerous to individuals or the wider community as heroin or cocaine," he said.
"We support the idea that this drug should be in Class B. From a clinical point of view, we have never understood why ecstasy was classed as an A drug in the first place.
"It's not to say it is safe because it is clearly not but in a relative sense we have to have penalties that are proportionate to the risk and danger involved." In January, North Wales Police chief constable Richard Brunstrom courted controversy... more
Craig Phillip Robinson has been charged with drug offenses, after being arrested in Culver City, California on Friday.
Mr Robinson, who plays Darryl Philbin, faces two drug possession charges and is also accused of being under the influence of illegal drugs.
The actor is alleged to have been in possession of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and methamphetamine.
He was released on bail and is due to appear in court on 21 August.
The actor's publicist declined to comment when contacted by the Associated Press news agency on Friday.
Mr Robinson's character Philbin in The Office is a warehouse foreman. The show that stars Steve Carell is the US version of Ricky Gervais's smash hit UK series. Craig Phillip Robinson has been charged with drug offenses, after being arrested in... more