1. Terrapinzflyer
    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


  1. Terrapinzflyer
    just amazing the hoops MAPS must jump through to get the government to even acceptt the results of therapeutic studies of MDMA, and aren't even allowed to conduct the research in the US. But the same governments hands over fistfuls of cash for research into potential health effects. (and this looks to study ecstasy, not MDMA - an important difference, and will certainly involve poly drug users, self reported use, which will certainly skew the data.)

    Lies, damn lies, and statistics
  2. burgers
    I'm excited that some research money has been allocated i just hope religious groups don't hijack it.

    somebody should contact the guy and get him to study the "loss of magic" syndrome and see if he can work out whats truly happening with all that jazz. his research may aid scientists in other fields better understanding of how the brain works
  3. John Doe
    That gave me quite the chuckle. But then I looked at who wrote it and that chuckle went away quite quickly.
  4. godztear
    Where is the sign up to be the guinea pig? :laugh:
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