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Mar 2 / Jesus Dosreis

Study: Cocaine or Ecstasy use at Teenage increases addiction risk

Ecstasy or MDMA and cocaine are psychoactive substances commonly used by teenagers. But according to a study from the University of Valencia (UV), exposure to these drugs at teenage increase the risks of addiction.

Till now very few studies have been done on these psychoactive substances to analyze the short and long-term consequences exposure to these dangerous drugs. This study has shown for the first time that exposure to these drugs during adolescence leads to addiction, which can last until adulthood or even later in life.

Cocaine is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant. According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 5.3 million Americans aged 12 and above abused cocaine in 2008. Another report called as The 2008 Monitoring the Future Study stated that 1.8 percent of 8th graders, 3 percent of 10th graders, and 4.4 percent of 12th graders had abused cocaine in US.

MDMA or Ecstasy is a synthetic drug with stimulant and psychoactive properties. According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2.1 million Americans aged 12 and above abused MDMA at least once in the year prior to being surveyed in 2008. The 2008 Monitoring the Future Study stated that 1.7 percent of 8th graders, 2.9 percent of 10th graders, and 4.3 percent of 12th graders abused MDMA at least once in the year prior to being surveyed in 2008.


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