New Study shows Casual Ecstasy Use causes Brain Damage

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 4th, 2012

Week in Review

It’s a popular drug with the teenagers.  Ecstasy.  It’s a party drug.  But like all drugs use it comes with some unwelcomed side effects (see Study: Casual Ecstasy Use Causes Memory Impairment by Jason Koebler posted 7/30/2012 on U.S. News and World Report).

New users of the rave drug suffered brain damage after as few as 10 doses…

Self-professed “new users of ecstasy”—subjects who refrained from any other drugs besides ecstasy, marijuana and alcohol—were studied over the course of a year. The study found memory impairments in people who used the drug just 10 times over the course of 12 months…

Researchers also said marijuana and alcohol were allowed in the study because it’s too difficult to find people who solely use ecstasy.

So drugs are bad for you.  And marijuana is a gateway drug.  For they had trouble finding people who had only used ecstasy.  Which makes the whole decriminalization of drugs a complicated issue.  Even for ‘harmless’ marijuana.  Which is nothing like those nasty harmful drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.  But if marijuana is a gateway to ecstasy it’s probably a gateway to the harder more harmful drugs, too.  Unless people going along the straight and narrow wake up one day and decide to shoot up heroin.  It could happen.  But it’s not likely to happen.

So bad things follow drug use.  But bad things also happen trying to interdict drug use.  As so much crime is drug-related.  So what to do?  Perhaps a little more religion in our lives would encourage us to choose not to use drugs.  Things tend to work better when it’s our choice.  Going back to our early history we were more religious.  And when we were we didn’t have a drug problem.  But that didn’t stop people from having a good time.  There was church.  Community.  The local saloon.  And, sure, alcoholism.  It may not have been perfect.  But there was less crime.

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In British Columbia 18 People have died in Past 6 Months from Taking Ecstasy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 4th, 2012

Week in Review

The war on drugs has been an abject failure.  Drugs have never been more powerful or available.  And the drug economy has produced a criminal underworld that has spread unspeakable violence.  So is it worth it?  This war on drugs?  Decriminalizing drugs would go a long way to end the crime and violence.  But making drugs more readily available would no doubt increase the use of these drugs.  For they are spreading now while they are illegal.  And not just in back alleys.  But into the mainstream of society.   In bars.  In homes.  And on college campuses (see Calgary police link 7th death to tainted ecstasy posted 1/30/2012 on CBC News Calgary).

The toxicology report of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology student Cody Gorlick, 23, who died earlier this month, shows he had ingested ecstasy laced with paramethoxymethamphetamine, a methamphetamine known as PMMA…

“From what we’ve seen in these cases, and it’s very apparent, is that the drug [ecstasy] is not just used at raves anymore, it’s used by people in their homes, it’s used at bars, it’s used at all kinds of different locations,” said Bossley.

In B.C., 18 people have died after taking ecstasy in the last six months, and a 19th death is being investigated.

People say telling kids that they shouldn’t have sex until they are married is silly.  Because these kids are having sex.  After all, that’s a big part of college.  First time away from home.  You know they’re having sex.  You know they are drinking.  And you know they’re doing drugs.  Because they are.  And some are dying from those drugs.  So it’s reasonable to assume that if drugs were decriminalized that more kids would try them.  More would start using.  And more would die from overdoses.

So should we maintain the war on drugs?  Should we decriminalize drugs?  Tough to say.  Because you’re kind of damned if you do.  And damned if you don’t.  But one thing for sure is that the lesser of all evils here is for people to choose not to use drugs.  For if they did it wouldn’t matter if they were legal or not.  But getting them to choose this is easier said than done.  Religion may help.  Getting married and starting to raise a family may help.  For few things grow people up faster than becoming parents. 

And really that’s the key to the drug question.  Growing up.  Becoming mature responsible adults.  Because the sooner we become mature responsible adults the sooner we stop the foolish ways of our youth.

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