An unnamed British man graduated from taking 5 ecstasy pills a weekend to 25 a day, doctors from London University revealed this week, in a case report published in scientific journal Psychosomatics.
The now 37 year old Brit took an estimated 40,000 ecstasy pills during his 10 year habit, though despite quitting seven years ago remains plagued by health problems including muscle rigidity round his mouth and severe memory problems, said doctors.
His long- term memory was fine but he could not remember day to day things - the time, the day, what was in his supermarket trolley," said Dr Kouimtsidis. "More worryingly, he did not seem aware himself that he had these memory problems." (The Guardian)
The man, who was also a heavy cannabis use and later dropped out of treatment and disappeared, was the heaviest E user British doctors have yet encountered, said the Guardian.
The story emerged just days after new research conducted by United Nations drugs warriors showed that Australia now tops the world league for ecstasy use despite Australian drug use levels being similar to countries like Britain. Paul Dillon from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre told ABC News that the reason was because in other countries E users were switching to much more dangerous drugs including cocaine.
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