The increasing menace of using Ecstasy with Viagra
Addiction specialists are concerned about the health risks facing youths who are mixing the club drug Ecstasy with the anti-impotence drug Viagra, USA Today reported.
The combined drugs, termed "Sextasy" in the club scene, are taken to sustain all-night dancing and marathon sex. Doctors said that the combination could cause heart problems or erections that don't subside for more than four hours, possibly leading to anatomical damage. Officials say the trend is part of a larger move in the rave subculture of taking multiple drugs in combination.
It's the latest party drug craze, its known as trail mix and is a mixture of Viagra and ecstacy. Ecstacy (A drug known to cause an intense high) + Viagra (A drug to improve sexual prowess) = The new menace. Widely acknowledged as having its origins in England and Australia and insinuated its way into the states via New York and Boston, largely used by gay men at dance parties and clubs.
It isn't necessarily a 'sexual thing', if users wish to place a sexual priority on the mix they are more likely to add 'Methamphetamine' to it, as opposed to Ecstacy. It's now also noted that the mix is not the sole preserve of gay men with heterosexual men and teens now taking the mix. Another variant is the addition of Ketamine, more commonly found in veterinary practices!! (A cat tranquilizer). This can induce a mellower, longer high but with serious side effects.
The stimulant effect of Ecstacy can affect the perception of Ketamine causing to much trail mix to be ingested, the Ketamine then effects what is known as a 'K-hole' on the individual, an exceptionally disturbing state, more often than not requiring medical attention.
Ecstacy (MDMA) is a laboratory drug that stimulates the brain while also causing an hallucinogenic like state. Since the mid 90's when Ecstacy first appeared on the rave scene, it has become an increasing health threat. Although illicit drug use was generally down amongst youth last year, this can not be said for Ecstacy and has seemingly moved out of the club scene which has become not as reliant on the drug.
The alarming facts are somewhat associated with the youth element. An increase in usage was identified from 12th grade down to eighth grade. The statistics show 3.1% of U.S. eighth grade have tried Ecstacy, 8.2% of twelfth grade have used the illicit drug and it is also estimated that more than 100,000 13 and 14 year olds have taken the drug.
The consequences include possible brain damage or death. Ecstacy interacts on two crucial brain chemicals, 'Dopamine' (linked to stimulation) and Serotonin (A mood modifier). Animal experiments have also shown that Ecstacy destroys Serotonin producing cells, in turn causing brain impairment /atrophy. Ecstacy can also cause a fever of up to 108 degrees.
Although Ecstacy has found to be non addictive it does seem that users develop a compulsion to obtain it perhaps mainly attributed to the fact that there seems to be no talk of 'overdosing' on Ecstacy. Parents are widely and actively encouraged to discuss the issues of Ecstacy with their children.
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