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February 17, 2012 > Ecstasy prevention initiative

Ecstasy prevention initiative

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Laurel Anderson

Responding to a growing epidemic of Ecstasy drug use among teens and young adults in Santa Clara County, a county-wide 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.

"Ecstasy is a health issue that reaches into communities. Many teens think it's just a feel-good drug that removes their inhibitions. They don't understand Ecstasy is dangerous," said Supervisor Liz Kniss, Chair of the Board's Health and Hospital Committee. "The Ecstasy initiative is a call to action to 'spread the word' to all youth, parents, schools and community members that Ecstasy use is dangerous and deadly."

In the past, Ecstasy was used most frequently in a club setting but in recent years, there has been a shift to home use. The "Ecstasy: Lives Out of Balance" documentary showcases stories from teens, who have taken Ecstasy at raves or just at home, and how it has impacted their lives. It also shows the devastating impact on the families, the teenage brothers and sisters, of those who have died from taking the drug. The video is available at www.LivesOutOfBalance.org.

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