Historical Essay for Ecstasy

Essay by mimieyesUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, April 2005

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Ecstasy use in the United States has been the fastest growing drug trend in recent years. Since its popularity is increasing in a rapid rate every year, ecstasy abuse is an issue that cannot be neglected any longer. Ecstasy is commonly used in clubs and so-called "raves"- underground parties, which mainly play electronic music that attract many young people to gather. Although drugs have always existed in the club scene since several decades ago, the common usage of ecstasy did not become popular in the United States until the decade of the 1990's. Mainly because of the rise of rave parties, which automatically provide a convenient place for teenagers to use drugs, ecstasy seems to be a perfect drug to teens due to its cheap price and its easy accessibility. Many teenagers start the regular use of ecstasy in high school, which can cause the drop of grades in school and affects their chances of attending higher education.

Many also experience minor or serious mental depression when taking ecstasy too often. Most importantly, the main problem of ecstasy which affects teenagers is that it jeopardizes their chances of a better, more productive future, some of which can included government leadership positions. In other words, the teenagers today indicate the future of United States. It is undoubtedly that the issue of ecstasy is very significant because it affect the fate of the whole country. I believe the

Although MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) has been popular since mid-1980s, its history started back as long ago as 1913 by the German pharmaceutical company Merck was trying to create a new medicine for stop bleeding (Holland 11). "On Christmas Eve in 1912, Merck filed the patent for this styptic medication, called hydrastin; MDMA was included in the patent application as an intermediate chemical only(Beck, 1997)"...