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Walking Into A Club On A Friday Night, Sights Of

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Walking into a club on a Friday night, sights of people squinting their eyes, bouncing their heads to the beat and sucking on anything that enters their mouth can be seen. Among many of the first sights, images of people starring at magnificent light shows and dazed by the rapid yet graceful movements of dancing ravers may become apparent. One may wonder what that person has taken that has made them look and feel so happy; that person is on Ecstasy. The fact is a wide range of young adults are using Ecstasy, while they don't know how badly their body is being affected.MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), the chemical name for Ecstasy, was first discovered in Germany in 1913 and patented by an international pharmaceutical company called Merck in 1914. Its first use was intended to be a weight loss drug because of its ability to suppress the need to eat or drink. However, the drug was not a popular product on the market therefore Merck let the patent expire. Later, in the mid 1960's, marriage guidance counselors used Ecstasy as a therapeutic tool during sessions because of its ability to increase social interaction. Prior uses were legal nonetheless undoubtedly harmful but the real problem started when the drug began to be used non-medically under the name Ecstasy in the late 1980's. Both the non-medical and therapeutic use of MDMA was made illegal in 1985 due to the fact that the DEA found the drug harmful to lab animals.Most of the world's Ecstasy is trafficked in through Europe. Attracted by the profits associated with Ecstasy, traffickers smuggle the drug from the Netherlands and Belgium to markets in neighboring countries and internationally. "Overseas MDMA trafficking organizations smuggle the drug in shipments of 10,000 or more tablets via express mail services, couriers aboard commercial airline flights, or, more recently, through air freight shipments from several major European cities to cities in the United States" said the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.). Once the Ecstasy is safely delivered, it is then sold in bulk to big time dealers, who in turn sell it in smaller quantities to other local dealers. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency Ecstasy costs only 50 cents to make and is sold to dealers anywhere from $6-$8, who then sell it for $20-$40. It is extremely difficult to stop the sale of Ecstasy because there is such a high demand for it, and the profit margin is so great that people will always desire to sell it.The "love drug," as MDMA is sometimes referred to as, has spread from its previously isolated dwellings within the darkness of the "rave" scene, an all-night illicit dance party, into high schools across the United States. The typical user is a white person from a good home who has the money to afford this expensive drug. "Any adult or child with a couple of measly dollars can purchase any existing illegal drug almost anywhere in the country." (Greer) These users range in age anywhere from a freshman in high...

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