New research has found that the number ecstasy users who are young adults with college degrees has increased in proportion.

Published by the journal, the study analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

What the researcher found was that although the number ecstasy users remained relatively consistent, with about 2.2 per cent to 2.6 percent Americans having used ecstasy within the past year, the demographics users has shifted. The number users who are young adults with a higher education more than doubled from 2007 to 2014.

The author the new study, Joseph J. Palamar New York University Langone Medical Center, remarked on why he chose to conduct the research:

“I’ve been researching ecstasy use since my own party days… Ecstasy has been the most popular ‘club drug’ for decades, yet many national surveys show use has declined, despite the popularity ‘Molly’. This is one many recent papers in which I examine trends in ecstasy use to help inform prevention and harm reduction.”

The number ecstasy users between the ages 12 and 17 decreased by 42.9 per cent from 2007 and 2014, while the the overall number ecstasy users remained relatively consistent.

Palamar discussed with how his findings relate to harm reduction techniques:

“Demographics ecstasy users appear to be changing, and this should be considered when tailoring prevention and harm reduction messages to those who are most likely to use. Most ecstasy users are college-educated and such individuals may not be receptive to typical scare tactics in anti-drug prevention messages.”

This year, multiple reports on the use ecstasy have revealed thought provoking results. A US study found that only while . For more on harm-reduction, read more

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