Ecstasy Abuse For many people the drug of choice would be marijuana, but in recent years that trend has been changing. The drug of choice for today's young adults is MDMA or ecstasy. Unlike marijuana which has long term affects, ecstasy can kill a person with one hit. It is a very dangerous drug, and is spreading like wildfire in the United States. Most teenagers take the drug without knowing the side affects such as depression and brain damage (the antidrug. com).
With more people trying the drug everyday, it is becoming harder for law enforcement to keep up with them. Law enforcement, parents and kids need to do something about this rising drug problem before it is too late. There are numerous solutions that can curb the use of this drug, and other solutions that can put the drug to good use. Ecstasy first became popular in European countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands. A large portion of the ecstasy that is sold in the U. S.
comes from these two countries (web). Although efforts have been made to stop the flow of this drug to America, large amounts are still coming into the U. S. America needs to take stronger measures to stop this epidemic sweeping our nation. A measure that can be taken to stop this drug from spreading would be to form an international organization that would fight to keep ecstasy and other drugs off the streets. America would have to work together with countries such as Canada and Mexico.
International control of this drug would benefit greatly, but local law enforcement could help stop this drug as well. The police can take part by educating kids about the harmful affects of ecstasy and how kids can say no to drugs. These measures and others can help America curb this drug in the years to come. But preventing the use of this drug doesn't stop at the law enforcement level, parents and kids can take part in stopping the use of this drug. According to the DARE program, the best way to keep kids from doing drugs is to monitor them (dare. com).
Monitoring kids can allow parents to assure the safety of their child. Parents also have to know who their child's friends are and what their plans are. If a child says they are going to a rave, there is a high possibility that they will try or will be offered ecstasy. These are just some of the things parents need to do to keep their children safe from ecstasy and other drugs. Kids play an important role in stopping the spread of ecstasy. The most common thing to for kids to do is to say "no", but with the peer pressure of today's society it is often hard to do.
The main responsibility is with the parents teaching their kids at a young age about the dangers of drugs, but parents do not do this and kids are much more likely to try or use drugs later in life. There many solutions to stop this drug, but there are some that are not talked about very often. One of these solutions would be to put ecstasy to good use. Ecstasy is a very powerful, mind altering drug that can lead to feeling of euphoria.
This drug can be legalized strictly for medical use for patients with severe diseases that cause excruciating amounts of pain. In recent years the FDA approved clinical testing of ecstasy on humans (map inc. org). Treatments for post dramatic stress syndrome and others diseases proves that ecstasy can be used to treat some of these problems. The debate goes on for the solution, but it seems that the answer is far from grasp. MDMA or ecstasy, as it is popularly known, has spread all over Europe like a virus, in recent years it has crossed the Atlantic to America.
The drug is not as well known as others partly because it only became illegal in the mid 1980's. But one thing is certain; this drug is very addictive and has been known to cause death. It is spreading among the youth of America very rapidly and if something is not done to control the spread of this drug, there will be serious consequences in the future for our youth. America is doing everything in its power to stop this drug, but like the rest of the fight against drugs, it is coming up short of its goal. The U. S.
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