40 something professionals who refuse to grow old have adopted ecstasy as their ‘drug of choice’ according to data published this week by Australia's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
Drug experts suggested E and stimulant drugs such as speed and coke have becoming increasingly popular with both ageing clubbers and experimental parents, reflecting today’s work hard/ play hard risk-taking corporate culture.
"It (MDMA) stimulates them. It's a quick high,” said Ross Bell, executive director of the NZ Drug Foundation
"They're not the type to do it all the time. They might do it once a month, or every two months.
"[With] the lives that we're currently leading ... drugs of choice aren't going to be drugs that slow them down like pot or heroin, it's going to be drugs that speed them up,” she suggested.
Details of the new drug using demographic emerged just as Australian politician Matthew Chesher, 44, resigned after he was caught by street cops buying a single ecstasy tablet from a dealer in downtown Sydney.
As well as being the chief of staff to Roads Minister David Borge, Mr Chessler is married to New South Wales Education Minister Verity Firth, though his bust provoked a sympathetic reaction from the Australian Age.
“It's high time we swept away our cant and hypocrisy on illicit drugs. Let's admit that most people taking illicit drugs do so because they enjoy the experience,” drug expert Alex Wodak said in a opinion feature in the newspaper.
“Let's make low-level drug use a health and social issue and stop pretending it is a crime,” he pleaded (The Age, Australia)
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