Stronger Ecstasy a risk to mental health

Drug testing and monitoring

This 'drug lottery' led to the setting up of testing programmes for Ecstasy tablets sold in nightclubs and raves, in an attempt to minimise harm from the drug. These programmes have provided data from around the world and allowed us to monitor the trends in tablet contents.

A 'trendspotter' study published in April 2016 by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction describes the history of MDMA use and the changes in strength over the years. In the 1990s the amount of MDMA in a tablet was around 50-100 mg but by the mid-2000s the purity had dropped significantly due to problems obtaining raw materials.[i] Since 2010/11 the MDMA content has been steadily rising with some tablets in 2015 being found to contain 200-300 mg.i These much higher doses inevitably put the user at higher risk of the adverse effects of MDMA.

Read on to get information on the adverse effects of MDMA.


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