Dr. George Ricaurte publishes an article in Science reporting on primate data that he claims suggests that even one night’s recreational use of Ecstasy can lead to Parkinson’s. This government-funded research, which ignored the high mortality rate of the test animals and directly contradictory human data, is a classic example of risk amplification and the demonization of illegal drugs. MAPS obtained a copy of this article before publication and responded by sending out our first press release ever. MAPS’ critique was favorably reported in articles in the New York Times and Washington Post and elsewhere. MAPS has also written a letter to the editor of Science.