New Study Finds Evidence of Memory Impairments with 1Year of Recreational Use of Ecstasy
Jul 27, 2012
Although there has been some debate about the danger of short-term use of ecstasy, new research by the scientific journal Addiction provides evidence of the drug’s risks. Even for short time periods and in recreational doses, research shows that ecstasy use impairs memory function.
Results showed that study participants who took 10 or more pills during their first 12 months of use showed decreased function of their immediate and short-term memory compared with their pre-ecstasy performance. These findings are associated with damage of the hippocampus, the area of the brain that oversees memory function and navigation.
Study authors assert that the ecstasy’s impact on memory may not be immediately obvious to users, leading users to overlook signs of memory damage until it is too late.
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