Statistics On Ecstasy Abuse
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Statistics On Ecstasy Abuse

Statistics on Ecstasy Abuse: Ecstasy Users

  • An estimated 503,000 people (0.2 percent of the population) ages 12 or older in the United States use ecstasy each month. (2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health)
  • About 5.5% of 19-22 adults reported they have taken ecstasy this year (2009).
  • From 1999 to 2000, the amount of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students who took ecstasy has notably grown. For juveniles in 10 and 12 grades this year for increasing level of ecstasy usage is already the second one. Last year, the usage of ecstasy has grown from 1.7 percent in 1999 to 3.1 percent in 2000 among 8th graders; from 4.4 percent to 5.4 percent among 10th graders; from 5.6 percent to 8.2 percent among 12th graders. For 12th graders, the possibility to find ecstasy has increased from 40.1 percent in 1999 to 51.4 percent in 2000.
  • Each year, NHSDA reports on the nature and extent of drug use among the American household population age 12 and older. The 1998 survey is the latest for data relating to ecstasy use. It found that an estimated 1.5 percent (3.4 million) of Americans had used ecstasy at least once during their lifetime. By age group, the heaviest use (5 percent or 1.4 million people) was reported for those between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Statistics on ecstasy abuse reports that African American students showed considerably lower rates of Ecstasy use than white or Hispanic students in the 2000 Monitoring the Future survey. For example, past year use among African American 12th graders was 1.3 percent, compared to 7.6 percent for white 12th graders and 10.6 percent for Hispanic 12th graders.
  • In 2002, 10 million Americans reported having used ecstasy at least once in their lives. By 2007, the number had increased to 12 million.
  • Roughly 781,000 Americans used ecstasy for the first time in 2007, up from 615,000 first-time users in 2005. 61 percent of the new users were 18 or older.
  • The average age of first use is 20 years.

Statistics on Ecstasy Abuse: ER/Medical Complications/Deaths

  • Medical reports show that individuals who have taken ecstasy at least 25 times decreased the contents of serotonin in their brain for a period of a year after the last usage.
  • Episodes in emergency rooms related with ecstasy grew all over the nation from 250 in 1994, to 637 in 1997, to 1,142 in 1998, to 2,850 in 1999.
  • Statistics on ecstasy abuse notes that the majority of patients taken to emergency departments with ecstasy-related conditions are ages 18 to 20. (Drug Abuse Warning Network)
  • 43 percent of adolescent and young adult ecstasy users met the diagnostic criteria for dependence: They continued using despite knowledge of physical or psychological harm, and withdrawal effects. (2001, Human Psychopharmacology journal)
  • Almost 60 percent of users report withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue, loss of appetite, depressed feelings, and trouble concentrating. (2001, Human Psychopharmacology journal)

Statistics on Ecstasy Abuse: General Info

  • In July, 2000 16 boxes including 2,1 million ecstasy pills, the cost of which is approximately $41 million, were taken by the US Customs Service at Los Angeles International Airport.
  • Statistics on ecstasy abuse reports that most ecstasy tablets' production is concentrated in Belgium and the Netherlands. However, some groups have secret ecstasy laboratories in places such as Minneapolis, San Diego, and regions of Michigan and South Florida.
  • Between 2006 and 2008, fewer students said they think ecstasy use is dangerous. (Monitoring the Future survey)

Statistics On Ecstasy Abuse
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