June 25, 2007
Even low Ecstasy use harms memory
[Short news item]
The dance drug Ecstasy depletes memory after only limited use, a study has found. Analysis by the University of Hertfordshire of 600 users found that in more than three quarters of cases, verbal memory was below average. The number of tablets taken over a lifetime had little effect on the results, suggesting that limited but persistent use does the damage. Home Office figures from last year show that two million 16 to 59-year-olds had used Ecstasy.
News coverage of a soon-to-be published research report in the journal Human Psychopharmacology vary in depth and accuracy, with some claiming “Even Low ecstasy use harms memory,” or Taking Ecstasy Once can Damage Memory”, while others provide more details suggesting that this is not the case. The research in question is a meta-analysis of previous research studies. Read initial comments and reflections on the news coverage and research report13.