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You may have heard it called E, X, XTC, Thizz, Molly or Thizzle. But Ecstasy (or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) use seems to be on the rise in Santa Clara County.
In a 2011 survey of 1,850 students in Santa Clara County, as many as 25% admitted to “Ever Use” Ecstasy. It is likely the 3rd most commonly used drug in our community by teens, after alcohol and marijuana.
For young people, the increased use of Ecstasy may be due to many factors, including:
• Ease of availability
• Reduced cost
• Limited awareness risks
• Growing teen permissive attitudes
• Enabling behaviors from their social subculture
Ecstasy use is not without its risks. Users can never be sure of what they are taking. Local lives have been lost due to ecstasy use and there is evidence of long-term damage associated with habitual use.
Professionals, parents, other adults, young adults, and teens in our community all have roles to play in limiting the spread of this drug. Our Lives Out of Balance video is part of our efforts to prevent the increased use of Ecstasy.
For further information, call (408) 272-6518.