The health and psychological effects of ecstasy (MDMA) use

Author(s): 
Degenhardt L, Hall W (ed.)
Published: 
2010
Publisher: 
NDARC Monograph
Issue: 
62

Abstract

MDMA under the name of 'ecstasy' was first noted in the nightclub scene in the 1980s in the UK, US, Europe, and Australia in the late 1980s and early 1990s. For the first decade of use when the prevalence of use was low, MDMA was regarded as a relatively benign 'party drug'. This perception gradually changed for a number of reasons.This monograph arose out of the need for a synthetic review of the existing evidence on the epidemiology of 'ecstasy' (MDMA) use and its putative adverse health and psychological consequences.

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