The Ecstasy Problem

Reporter: Clare Brady

It is commonplace in nightclubs and despite the knowledge of ecstasy's affect on the brain, it has become widely used. It causes the brain to flood with the naturally occurring feeling of having a short-lived high.

Professor Jon Currie has tracked the effects of ecstasy. "This drug can be very, very dangerous," he said. "It's usually three days afterwards and it's an almighty crash where the person has been out partying, had little sleep and by 48 hours later they're feeling flat."You actually may get so severely depressed that you can't control yourself and may commit suicide particularly if you are a somewhat depressed person already."

Neurologist Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld volunteers at young people's events and treats the tragic results of the drug on-the-spot."Not only causes high blood pressure, it then bursts blood vessels in the brain and can cause a haemorrhage in the brain and causes a stroke," he said.

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