ER Visits Rise from Ecstasy

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ER Visits Rise from Ecstasy

On December 3rd, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a report revealing a 128% increase in the number of hospitalizations for ecstasy use among Americans under the age of 21. Ecstasy has recently gathered renewed steam in a popular culture under the name Molly. Both drugs contain various amounts of MDMA and have been sending people to the hospital due to high blood pressure, dangerous overheating, and kidney & heart failure. The report also revealed that on average, 33% of all ER visits among those younger than 21 were linked to ecstasy and alcohol.

The report gathered its data by analyzing emergency room data between the years 2005 and 2011. In 2011 alone, there were roughly 1.25 million ER visits related to illicit drug use. The report also highlighted potential abuse for two substances, as the use of ecstasy with alcohol has been known to prolong the effects of euphoria, for which the drug is mostly widely known.

Often there are times people are treated for their substance dependencies and unfortunately once they leave a facility for treatment they still have a tough time transitioning back into their daily lives. At Seabrook, we offer aftercare options such as our intensive outpatient program. Call today to learn more!