Suburban moms discover ecstasy

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Very few people in my high school managed to get through those years without at least dabbling in recreational drugs. While I think that speaks volumes about the high school I attended, it also reveals the inexperience and ignorance of most of our parents. Having grown up in a different era, our parents just had no idea the kind of trouble available to us kids.

These days, most of my high school classmates are parents themselves and have long since lost interest in getting high. But for some people nearing middle age, these are the years to experiment. In Australia, a national study has revealed that many suburban moms over the age of 30 are discovering the drug ecstasy - and liking it.

Ecstasy produces a euphoric feeling while at the same time diminishing fears and anxieties. Experts say this type of high appeals to people who see it as a safe alternative to alcohol. Relationships Australia vice-president Anne Hollonds says that these women are misinformed about the harmful effects of the drug and are putting themselves - and their children - at risk. "These are people who sometimes haven't had involvement with substances the first time round, but second time round they might, particularly to reinforce their youthfulness, to be able to fit in and all of those things because they're often quite emotionally vulnerable," she said. "There's also a lot of risks associated with that in relation to the care of the children."

There have been very few studies into the harmful effects of ecstasy, but what is known about the drug is pretty scary. The main ingredient, methylene-dioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), is a neurotoxin which kills brain cells and can possibly cause permanent brain damage. And that is if you get the real stuff. Authorities say that some dealers are selling 'fake ecstasy', which contains no MDMA, but is loaded with amphetamines and ketamine, a horse tranquilizer. That cannot be good.

Of course, this study focuses on Australian women, but I would imagine the chances are good that this is happening in the U.S. as well.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.