Ecstasy Panic: Salon.com Coverage and Other Info 6/16/00

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The online magazine salon.com has published stories on recently introduced but already much criticized anti-ecstasy legislation in Congress. The story can be read on the Salon site at http://www.salon.com/health/feature/2000/06/15/ecstasy_bill/.

DRCNet's recent article on the Ecstasy panic noted that the phrase "agony of ecstasy" has been used over and over in headlines since first appearing in 1985 ("Ecstasy Panic Looms: 1985 All Over Again?", http://www.drcnet.org/wol/139.html#panic). A similar phrase graces a related Salon article this week: "The agony after ecstasy: I took the drug for nearly a year to lift myself to euphoria. Then I crashed hard," by Liz O'Brien.

Headline issues aside, it is important for anti-prohibitionists to always remember that while prohibition is bad, drugs can be too. O'Brien's story can be found at http://www.salon.com/health/feature/2000/06/14/ecstasy/. (Note that DRCNet neither endorses nor disputes the author's account of her ecstasy experience, but provides the link for the purpose of free flow of information.)

Visit the following links for further information:

Florida Officials Seriously Overcount "Club Drug" Deaths
http://www.drcnet.org/wol/138.html#floridacount

DanceSafe, Ecstasy Harm Reduction Organization
http://www.dancesafe.org

Critique of Time Magazine Ecstasy Article, by MAPS
http://www.maps.org/research/mdma/time.html

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