A new Australian study of ecstasy users has revealed that 30-something suburban mothers are amongst the biggest group of ecstasy users, with 30 something men even more likely to take E.
"Everyone is stunned,” leading Australian drug researcher Paul Dillon told the Age. “Everyone is thinking it's a really young person's drug but it's not.”
The report emerged just as British scientists indicated they’re to call again for ecstasy to be downgraded from Class A to Class B on the basis that it’s far less harmful than heroin and cocaine, prompting a predictable response from authorities.
"Ecstasy can and does kill unpredictably; there is no such thing as a 'safe dose',” a Home Office spokesman told the Press Association, “The Government firmly believes that ecstasy should remain a Class A drug."
Independent columnist Sophie Morris responded by pointing out that ecstasy is not addictive and referenced an 8 year old Police Foundation inquiry which found it ‘to be several thousand times less dangerous than heroin’ going on to not that social costs are also dramatically lesser.
“Does anyone remember the one about the clubber who was so blissed out on ecstasy that he started a fight on a bus and stabbed an innocent bystander? What about the group of lads who each necked a handful of pills and gang raped a fellow raver?” she asked.
“Or the party-goer who stands accused of date rape and is using the fact that he took ecstasy with his accuser as a defence? Then there's the woman who broke into her own parents home and stole and pawned her mother's jewellery to fund her ecstasy habit.”
“Of course you haven't heard any such tales,” she answered, “Because ecstasy does not lead to the sort of violent and aggressive behaviour that alcohol does, nor does it develop into a dependency which users turn to crime to fund.”
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)