“Alcohol is certainly a damaging drug, but to suggest that MDMA is less damaging than alcohol does not agree with the scientific evidence. Comparing these two drugs is like comparing an F1 sports car to a basic family saloon. MDMA is an extremely powerful drug, which heats up the brain, causing a massive increase in neurochemical activity, dramatic changes in mood state, and it takes the brain several days to recover. Regular MDMA usage impairs memory, reduces problem-solving ability, reduces white cell blood count, increases susceptibility to infections, causes sleep problems, and enduring depression. In pregnant women MDMA impairs foetal development. We and other research groups worldwide have compared the psychobiological functioning of recreational Ecstasy/MDMA users with alcohol drinkers, and in numerous studies it is always the Ecstasy/MDMA users who are comparatively worse. The ‘family car’ may kill more people each year than the F1 speed machine, but to suggest that the latter would be safer for everyday driving is completely erroneous. MDMA kills many young people each year, and the death toll is currently rising.” By Andy Parrott, Professor of Human Psychopharmacology, School of Health Sciences, Swansea University. (2018)
Powerful psychedelic drugs available on the Internet are increasingly being used as new party drugs at rave parties.
These so called research drugs come from the same chemical families as LSD and ecstasy and come in pill or powder form.
They are legally manufactured and have high purity levels because they are used for medical and scientific research.
The effect is similar to ecstasy and other dance drugs and the risks of death and permanent disability are similar.
Harms known at this time include agitation, violence, heart attack and death.
There are extensive web sites and bulletin boards on the Internet encouraging the use of these research drugs.
(Source: The Guardian UK 16 February 2004)
The only way Australia can counter these small quantities of drugs sold over the Internet using credit cards is to reduce party drug demand.
Australia must reduce the use of party drugs by empowering its courts to divert users into detoxification and rehabilitation.
Australian authorities do not have the legal power to stop Internet sales and delivery of small quantities of research drugs.
Research drugs are so new that the toxic impacts on the human body are not yet fully known.
Rehabilitation of drug users must include resolving the issues of why mind-altering drugs are needed by users to mask past bad experiences.
Another death from the party drug ECSTASY in Adelaide highlights the dangers of the use of party drugs.
The women, a mother of two preschool children, died as a result of using ECSTASY at a nightclub in Adelaide.
The women was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital but died soon after.
(Source: Adelaide Advertiser, 8 March 2006)
MORE ICE ADDICTS THAN HEROIN ADDICTS
The ABC Four Corners program has highlighted that in Australia there are more addicted users of the party drug ICE than HEROIN.
The only Australian study highlights that there is 73,000 dependent ICE users in Australia.
ICE is a new party drug 20 times stronger than AMPHETAMINES and experts claim that ICE is one of the most addictive illicit drugs known.
ICE users experience psychotic symptoms like paranoia and delusions and the death of neurons in the brain causing brain damage.
Chronic ICE and COCAINE use are associated with Ekboms Syndrome causing halucinations and also extreme violence.
(Source: ABC Four Corners programs 20 March 2006)
The party drugs ICE and ECSTASY are increasingly being used in Australia.
The psychological damage from these drugs is not yet fully known but we can expect mental health facilities to be severely impacted.
There are NO rehabilitation programs for ICE addiction.
ECSTASY use has caused a number of recorded deaths in Australia.
Ecstasy use in Australia is at record levels according to a new survey.
Three per cent of all Australians have used ecstasy recently.
One in every eight people uses ecstasy amongst 20 to 24 year olds.
More than one in three Australians or 38 per cent have ever used cannabis, speed or ecstasy at some stage in their life.
Australians used more cannabis, speed and ecstasy than people in Britain, USA or New Zealand.
(Source: Sydney Morning Herald 29 July 2005 reporting on the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare report)
Cannabis, speed and ecstasy usage all have significant health risks.
Ecstasy use has caused death with brain damage, depression, memory loss, psychological problems and increased risk of developing a disease similar to Parkinsons disease.
Speed use produces paranoid psychosis, violence, suicide and death.
Cannabis, which is much stronger now, produces psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, cancer, foetal abnormalities and immune system damage.
The very high cannabis, speed and ecstasy use by people in their twenties poses increased stress on mental health facilities and more risks for health workers and police as they deal with the violence and mental problems from the use.
Australia can successfully reduced illicit drug use and therefore the health risks by copying illicit drug policies from overseas where detoxification and rehabilitation are provided to get users drug free.
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