MDMA: The drug of choice for many students in 2016

12-28-2016 Posted in Substance Abuse, therapy, Treatment

Drug abuse has become a major problem in the United States, leading to significant health issues, road accidents, incarceration rates, and increased the financial and work-related burden. The current drug addiction epidemic in America has been touted as the worst by some of the health care experts in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted that nearly 10.2 percent of people aged 12 years and above abused any illicit drug in the past 30 days in 2014.

For a long time now, addiction was considered as a moral failing, but now, with a rapid research in this field, more and more people are accepting drug addiction as a chronic disease.

Cheap drugs have gained popularity among adolescents

Most adolescents abuse drugs to get a euphoric high and incur positive feelings post consumption. Cheap party pills, dangerous psychoactive drugs and other lethal substances flood the annual celebrations and parties among college-going students.

Party drugs, club drugs or designer drugs are typically street drugs that are produced in illegal laboratories, using a variety of toxic and lethal substances. Because of the assorted ingredients that are used to produce these drugs, it is difficult to decide their strength and effects.

Consequently, due to the illegal tag of several illicit drugs and the legal age of 21 affixed for alcohol consumption, most teenagers opt for readily available cheap street drugs. Moreover, synthetic drugs are cheaper than many other drugs, including heroin, which prompts teenagers to experiment with such drugs that are easily available on the streets. At times, even drug dealers replace heroin with these cheap drugs, as they are more potent and are easy to manufacture.

MDMA widely used by teenagers

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as MDMA, ecstasy or molly, is an illegal drug that acts as a stimulant as well as a psychedelic drug, producing feelings of ecstasy, along with increased energy and distorted senses. The crystalline powdered white substance is cheaply available at an approximate price of $20 to $25 per cap.

The drug is widely being abused by teenagers and adolescents in the nightclubs and dance parties. The primary reason for the increased popularity of the drug among the school-going students is its long-lasting effect, which usually stays for about 3-6 hours. As per a 2016 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), those who use MDMA regularly usually take it in the form of a capsule or a tablet, however, there are some who snort the powder or swallow it in liquid form.

A long-term use of the drug can cause severe health problems, which require immediate medical attention. Precisely, the drug can increase the activity of three important brain chemicals, including dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin, leading to a rise in blood pressure and an increase in the heart rate, along with other abnormalities.

Leading a drug-free life is possible

It’s never too late to break the prolonged relationship with drugs. Comprehensive treatments for drug addiction are available that can help an individual overcome his or her addictive habit. Drug addiction is a serious issue, which if left untreated, can result in grave problems. The will to quit an addiction and get sober is the first step toward leading a healthy life.

People abusing synthetic drugs despite knowing their effects has made it imperative to educate and inform them about the possible side effects of using such drugs. If you or your loved one is addicted to any kind of drug and is looking for help, get in touch with the 24/7 Drug Addiction Helpline to avail innovative and evidence-based treatments. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-403-5607 for more information on various inpatient drug abuse treatment centers in the U.S. You may also chat online for expert advice about the outpatient drug abuse treatment centers in your vicinity.

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