Pubdate: Tue, 14 Aug 2001
Source: Montreal Gazette (CN QU)
Copyright: 2001 The Gazette, a division of Southam Inc.
Author: Adam Wiggins


The Gazette needs to do some real research about MDMA, or Ecstasy. A number 
of the stated facts in the article "Police to crash the party" (Gazette, 
Aug. 12) are incorrect.

For example, the article implies that MDMA can cause "heart and kidney 
failure" despite the fact that in over 35 years of use in therapeutic 
settings neither of these problems has ever been reported. There are new 
dangers created by the prohibition of the drug. Deadly adulterants, such as 
PMA and DXM, are sold in place of real MDMA at raves. Were it not for the 
prohibition of this drug, the Ecstasy-related deaths mentioned in your 
article would not have happened.

I urge The Gazette to read about 30 years of intense research into the 
short- and long-term effects of MDMA, both positive and negative, on, so that your future articles might be better informed.

Adam Wiggins

Pasadena, Calif.
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