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County to Launch Ecstasy Prevention Initiative

Ecstasy Documentary Video to be Unveiled

Responding to a growing epidemic of Ecstasy drug use among teens and young adults in Santa Clara County, a countywide initiative is being launched to educate youth, parents and the community about the dangers of taking 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). The initiative includes the release of a youth inspired “Ecstasy: Lives Out of Balance” documentary and music video that highlight the myths and dangers of using MDMA.

News Conference speakers will discuss the local situation and concerns about Ecstasy, deaths related to Ecstasy, and the planned approach to addressing the growing Ecstasy epidemic. Segments of the video will be played for attendees.

Supervisor Liz Kniss, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Stephen Betts, Department of Alcohol & Drug Services, Prevention Division
Marty Fenstersheib, M.D., Santa Clara County Health Officer
Michelle A. Jorden, M.D., Santa Clara County Assistant Medical Examiner

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 10:30 a.m.

News Conference Room (Lower Level)
County Government Center
70 W. Hedding St.

As many as one in four teens in Santa Clara County has taken Ecstasy at least once, according to a recent survey. MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, E, X, Thizz, Thizzelle, and XTC, has matured from a Rave drug to home use.

In 2001, there were 100 U.S. deaths among youth related to Ecstasy, and in 2010, that number grew to more than 500 deaths. In Santa Clara County, an increase in ecstasy use and a concentrated number of recent deaths in a short period of time prompted the county to take action in addressing this very serious issue.

The increase in Ecstasy use in Santa Clara County makes it a public health emergency. Using ecstasy can have devastating long-term health effects, including memory loss and brain damage. It’s up to everyone in the community to help raise awareness about the dangers of this harmful drug.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119, Joy Alexiou, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, 408-885-4164, Amy Cornell, Public Health Department, 408-792-5155.
Posted: January 17, 2012