Ecstasy Not Dangerous? Hmmmm.
Posted by Childress on May 27, 2006
The belief that Ecstasy isn't dangerous is so widely held that many users may think there's vitually no risk involved in using the drug.
In Australia, where Ecstasy use has been climbing dramatically, one elected official, Sandra Kanck (that's her on the right), recently said in her state legislature that Ecstasy is not a dangerous drug.
Fortunately, her comments were quickly countered by a report from Australia's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, which revealed there were 112 ecstasy-related deaths in Australia from 2001 to 2004 — that's one death every two weeks in a country with a relatively small population of 20 million.
There's a big surprise in the study: 28 per cent of Australian Ecstasy deaths due to road crashes. Much of the attention on Ecstasy comes from deaths caused by high body temperature, or from drinking so much water that critical minerals are leached from the body. But Ecstasy is a mild hallucigen, which helps explain the high number of driving deaths.