Study contradicts previous research on effects of class A drug
Taking the drug Ecstasy does not impair mental function, according to a new study, which criticises previous research that showed cognitive difference between users and non-users.
Tests comparing 52 Ecstasy users in the US with 59 non-users show that consumption does not lead to loss of mental ability, according to findings reported in the journal Addiction. Earlier studies that found impairment of brain power were flawed, it says.
However lead author John Halpern, of McLean hospital in Massachussetts, warned that the drug is still risky. "Illegally-made pills can contain harmful contaminants, there are no warning labels, there is no medical supervision, and in rare cases people are physically harmed or even die from overdosing," he said.
The Guardian, Tuesday 15 February 2011
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