Pursuit of Ecstasy: The MDMA Experience

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The authors have produced the first on the ground study (not just clinical or chemical) of MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), or ecstasy as it is frequently designated. A psychoactive substance related to both the amphetamines and mescaline, MDMA has become popular in recent years as one of the new designer drugs. First used in therapeutic treatment, its recreational or street use has increased in recent years. The authors track the efforts (with psychiatrists and researchers in opposition) of the DEA to ban the drug.

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What Should Be Done About Ecstasy?
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Jerome Beck is Co-Principal Investigator at the Institute for Scientific Analysis in Berkeley, California.

Marsha Rosenbaum is the Director of the Center for Drug Studies and Principal Investigator at the Institute for Scientific Analysis in San Francisco, California. She is the author of Women on Heroin, and Just Say What: An Alternative View on Solving America s Drug Problem.

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