Okay, this is SWIM's first time sharing a news article, so corrections and criticism are welcome.
The following article was taken from the Toronto Star. SWIM clipped it from the paper, but he is unsure of when exactly he did that. 5-12 months ago he estimates. SWIM realizes that this may not qualify as news, and apologizes if others feel it should be moved to perhaps the XTC forum?
Heavy drug user hit his limit
British man suffers brain damage
Took estimated 40,000 hits of ecstasy
When the folks in the 12-step movement speak of addiction as being "cunning, baffling and powerful" they know what they're talking about.
Take the case of an unfortunate 37-year-old British man, who took an estimated 40,000 tablets of ecstasy, according to a report described in the peer-reviewed journal Psychosomatics.
The man, who had been taking the drug -- plus many others -- for more than a decade, suffered extreme memory and concentration problems, some of them permanent. He was totally unaware of his short-term memory troubles.
After collapsing three times at parties, "Mr. A" decided to stop using ecstasy and sought help. Even so, for a few months he felt he was stoned on the drug, had "tunnel vision" and developed panic attacks, anxiety, depression, muscle rigidity, hallucinations and paranoia.
The report says before his drug use neither he nor anyone in his family had any psychiatric problems.
"His long-term memory was fine but he could not remember day-today things -- the time, the day, what was in his supermarket trolley," Dr. Christos Kouimtsidis, one of the psychiatrists who treated him, told The Guardian in London.
Mr. A used ecstasy between the ages of 21 and 30. For the first two years he took five tablets every weekend.
This increased to 3.5 a day on average for the next three years and then hit 25 tablets a day for the next four years. He also used cannabis, solvents, tranquilizers, amphetamines, LSD, Cocaine and heroin.
The doctors agreed his self-reporting on his total drug use could be suspect, but they did their best to rely on medical reports when he first sought help.
Eventually the man began using some street drugs and lost contact with the doctors who treated him.
The article has a picture of bags full of E, with the caption "A British man who took an estimated 40,000 tablets of ecstasy, plus numerous other drugs, suffered long-term side effects." SWIM would like to read this man's (probably greatly exaggerated) autobiography.
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