Ecstasy statistics show that its use is no longer common just among party-goers and individuals on the club scene, and use of the drug is becoming popular on a much broader scale. Along with the Ecstasy statistics showing a rise in consumption and on a much broader scale, Ecstasy statistics regarding the consequences of its use have also seen a rise. Both scenarios are troubling, and should be cause for concern for parents of young users as well as the Ecstasy user in general. Only when awareness is brought to the general population about these alarming Ecstasy statistics can something be done about it. Unfortunately, Ecstasy is thought by many to be a benign drug of abuse, with little to no consequences associated with its use. The below Ecstasy statistics will prove otherwise.
Ecstasy has been a common drug of abuse since the 1980's, when it first become a drug of choice among party-goers are raves and on the night club scene. According to statistics regarding use of the drug over the past several years, rates of use of Ecstasy are still extremely high over twenty years later. In 2007, there were over 12 million individuals in the U.S. alone who had used Ecstasy at least once in their lifetime. By 2009, past-month use of Ecstasy in the U.S. had increased by 37% within one year. There are currently over 14 million lifetime users of the drug, and there are no signs that rates of use will be declining at any point in the near future.
This includes youth consumption of the drug, and it was estimated in 2007 that an estimated 7% of high school seniors in the nation had tried the drug at least once. Between 2009 and 2010, further increases in use among high school students was apparent, with past year use among 10th graders rising from 3.7 to 4.7%. It has also become apparent that high school students are associating Ecstasy with less risk than before, and really don't see it as a harmful drug as abuse in most cases. These are alarming Ecstasy statistics when one considers that 92% of individuals who use Ecstasy will eventually move on to use other illicit drugs. Fifty-five percent of teens surveyed report they had used Ecstasy due to peer pressure from their friends, which is common of most substances. This is something that parents should become aware of so that they can be alert for any warning signs and address them immediately if they think their child is using Ecstasy.
Ecstasy statistics prove that use of the drug comes with just as many side effects and consequences as any other illicit drug of abuse. This is reflected in statistics regarding emergency department visits associated with the drug, which increased significantly from 10,220 visits in 2004 to 17,865 visits in 2008, representing a 74.8 percent increase. Out of all illicit drugs of abuse which present in emergency departments around the nation, Ecstasy was the seventh most commonly found illicit drug. Most of the emergency department visits in 2008, almost 70%, were made by individuals between the ages of 18 and 29. Geographically speaking, Ecstasy statistics show that more than one third of 34% of emergency department visits in 2008 were made in the South, another 31.4% were made in the West, 18.5% were made in the Midwest, and 16.1% were made in the Northeast.
The fact that almost 80% of the emergency department visits in 2008 involved Ecstasy in combination with alcohol or other drugs points to another problem, as combining Ecstasy with other drugs can cause severe side effects, overdose, etc. all of which can be life threatening. These emergency department Ecstasy statistics show that over 30% involved Ecstasy with one other drug, 15.0 percent involved two other drugs, 14.0 percent involved three other drugs, and 17.5 percent involved four or more other drugs. So on average 2.8 drugs were involved in all emergency department visits in 2008 where Ecstasy was also involved. Marijuana, alcohol and cocaine were the most common culprits, with marijuana being involved in 38.2%, alcohol being involved in 38.1%, and cocaine being involved in 31.8% of all Ecstasy related visits in 2008. Poly-drug use is a serious problem in general which in turn causes many social and economical problems, and Ecstasy statistics prove that this drug is in fact part of the problem.
When examined in terms of age, Ecstasy statistics show that for individuals who are aged 21 or older, emergency department visits involving Ecstasy also typically involved alcohol and cocaine. For Ecstasy users aged 20 or younger, their emergency department visit was more than twice as likely to be for Ecstasy alone. If an Ecstasy user aged 20 or younger were to admit to an emergency department where the visit involved another drug, it was most commonly alcohol or cocaine.
Drug seizures statistics reflect the Ecstasy statistics above, and the increase in the amount of the drug which is smuggled into the United States from Canada has contributed to rise in rates of its use. As of 2009, Ecstasy seizures by law enforcement officials increased by 594% from the seizures of 2004. One of the alarming facts about this Canadian-produced Ecstasy is that individuals who manufacture the drug for export from Canada to the U.S. also frequently use methamphetamine or other dangerous substances to produce the drug. This introduces a whole new set of risks and consequences for users who think they are taking a certain dose of an already dangerous drug, when they may in fact by taking a lethal dose of an even more dangerous drug or toxic concoction.
These Ecstasy statistics show that Ecstasy use is apparent in all age groups, all geographical locations and all ethnicities and backgrounds. Many individuals believe that Ecstasy is a safe drug, when in fact it is not safe for human consumption. The fact that the drug is apparently becoming more and more impure compounds the risks that Ecstasy users are already faced with. If you know someone who is using Ecstasy or is addicted to Ecstasy, make sure they understand these Ecstasy facts. If they need help, many drug rehab programs are proficient in treatment Ecstasy addiction and can help those who want to overcome dependence and addiction to the drug.