TUCSON, Ariz. - A University of Arizona professor has been given a $1.7 million grant to study the long-term effects of the drug Ecstasy, also known as the "hug drug."
The National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded the grant to Terrence Monks, head of the university's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
The money will pay for a five-year study of the long-term adverse effects of the party drug, known for giving users an energized feeling of euphoria and affection.
What many don't realize about the drug is that it can cause kidney failure, blood clotting, strokes and even death, although most users survive after taking it.
University officials say the results of Monk's research will help understand who is more likely to suffer long-term effects of taking the drug.
By: The Associated Press | 03 Apr 2010 | 06:02 AM ET