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In Boston, a 1996-97 survey of public schools in Boston found that about 14 percent of male and 7 percent of female 12th graders had used MDMA during their lifetime.

Information about MDMA from other CEWG areas include the following:

  • In Atlanta, MDMA is reported as a popular stimulant.

  • In Chicago, its use is common in the rave and club scenes, especially in the North Side.

  • In Miami, large-scale sales of drugs such as MDMA are occurring at raves.

  • In Delaware, it is available across the state, particularly in college towns.

National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA)

Each year, the NHSDA reports on the nature and extent of drug use among the American household population aged 12 and older. The 1998 survey found that an estimated 1.5 percent (3.4 million) of Americans at least 12 years old had used MDMA at least once during their lifetime. By age group, the heaviest use (5 percent or 1.4 million people) was reported for those between 18 and 25 years old.

Monitoring the Future Study (MTF)

In 1996, the MTF began to collect data on MDMA use among students. Rates of use remained relatively stable from 1996 to 1998. In 1998, 5.8 percent of 12th graders, 5.1 percent of 10th graders, and 2.7 percent of 8th graders had used MDMA at least once in their lives.

Ecstasy Use by Students, 1998: Monitoring the Future Study

heading 8th-Graders 10th-Graders 12th-Graders
Ever Used
2.7%

5.1%

5.8%
Used in Past Year
1.6%

3.3%

3.6%
Used in Past Month
0.9%

1.3%

1.5%


*Ever Used refers to use at least once during a respondent's lifetime.
*Past Year refers to an individual's drug use at least once during the year preceding their response to the survey.
*Past Month refers to an individual's drug use at least once during the month preceding their response to the survey.

Index of Terms

TermDefinition
Amphetamines Often called "speed" this drug is a synthetically produced Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant with cocaine-like effects.
Cocaine A bitter, crystalline drug obtained from the dried leaves of the coca shrub; it is a local anesthetic and a dangerous, illegal stimulant; the primary psychoactive ingredient in the coca plant and a behavioral-affecting drug.
Drugs Drugs essentially are poisons. The degree they are taken determines the effect. A small amount acts as a stimulant. A greater amount acts as a sedative. A larger amount acts as a poison and can kill one dead. This is true of any drug. Each has a different amount at which it gives those results.
MDMA MDMA is an illegal drug that acts as both a stimulant and "hallucinogen", producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from tactile experiences.
Methamphetamine A powerfully addictive stimulant that dramatically affects the central nervous system.
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