Party drug ecstasy’s innocent image is wrong: Trimbos report

Ecstasy has an innocent image so people don’t talk about the problems
Dutch News (Netherlands)
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The image of ecstasy as an innocent party drug is wrong and although many people end up in hospital after taking a pill, few ever go public about their experiences, researchers from the Trimbos addiction institute said. One in 250 users end up being treated by first-aiders, researcher Esther Croes told the NRC. But users tend to dismiss the issue, arguing that sensible use of the drug does not cause problems. The research was carried out on behalf of the health ministry after pills with extremely high doses of the active ingredient MDMA started turning up. The researchers looked at the period 2006 to 2015 and found that just 3% of the Dutch use ecstasy and there has been a drop off in minor incidents. (See also: Deadly Superman ecstasy pill prompts 'red alert' in Netherlands)