According to a new study published by British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall, the risks of taking MDMA, which is the purist form of the street drug ecstasy, are greatly exaggerated by the media and by anti-drug organizations. This shocking claim has many in the medical community up in arms. Ecstasy has long been viewed as one of the most potentially dangerous street drugs available, and thousands of people overdose every year in clubs across the globe from taking too much ecstasy. Usually, when an individual develops an addiction to MDMA, they need the help of an extensive outpatient drug rehab center to get sober.
There are many individuals in the recovery community that are outraged that a prominent nation’s health official would make such a baseless and reckless comment. Young people may hear what he said and be convinced that there is no harm in experiencing with not only ecstasy, but other dangerous club drugs. The problem with the statement is not that it is technically incorrect, it is that there is no way for people to know what they are getting when they buy drugs on the streets on in clubs. Pure forms of any kind of drugs exist, and when they are administered in a medical setting with the supervision or doctors, they may not be dangerous to a person’s immediate health. However, outside of that type of scientific setting, there is no way to know what form of a drug you are ingesting or what types of ingredients are in it.
One health official in British Columbia was brave enough to come out against his organization’s stance. He said, “Unless you are getting it (MDMA) from a psychiatrist in a legitimate clinical trial, you cannot guarantee what is in it, how much of it there is, or its safety – don’t take it.” This is good advice for a number of different street drugs, and drugs in general. One of the main dangers of drug abuse is that, unless you are the one manufacturing the drug, it is impossible to tell what you are actually putting in your body. This is one of the reasons bath salts are so incredibly dangerous, and why people are waking up to the fact that ingesting something that says on it, “not suitable for human consumption”, might be a bad idea.
Ecstasy abuse is a very real problem that affects tens of thousands of people around the world every year. While some people may be adamant that taking the pure form of the drug is not harmful, anyone with half a brain realizes it is nearly impossible to take the word of a drug dealer that their product is safe to consume. Ecstasy has led to a number of overdose deaths in the last few years, and it is important that the public continues to be educated about the potential dangers of abusing a club drug like ecstasy. If you are struggling with an addiction to ecstasy, it is important that you seek treatment from a reputable outpatient drug rehab center.