Ecstasy In the UK
This article offers information on the drug ecstasy and details the unique way a group in Britain are spreading the word on drug awareness.
MDMA is a member of the phenylethylamine family of drugs, related chemically to both mescaline and amphetamine. Consequently, it is often described as a stimulant and/or an hallucinogenic, when in actual fact, it is neither.
Subjective reports advise us that on an active dose of the drug there is no loss of control or contact with reality. The primary effect is on mood. The first reference to MDMA to reach a broad audience in the UK, came in an article in a magazine called ‘The Face’. This reported on the use of the drug by a small group of people working in the media, pop music and fashion industries, who were flying to the United States and importing small amounts of the drug for their personal consumption. (Nasmyth, 1985).
The author stresses that traditional methods of drug control are no longer effective and the great need for implementation of new initiatives, such as this method. A pragmatic approach based upon interventions that have been tested to work rather than outdated ideologies that are inevitably doomed to failure.
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