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Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act

  • By: Andrew Ninnemann, Gregory L. Stuart & Shawna M. Andersen
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act was created to combat the trafficking, distribution, and abuse of ecstasy and similar club drugs in the United States. By 2000, the importation of ecstasy tablets had increased substantially, with a reported 500,000 tablets of ecstasy being confiscated in 1997 and a reported 4 million ecstasy tablets being confiscated in the first six months of 2000. In addition, research conducted on ecstasy use in the years preceding 2000 showed that its abuse could cause long-lasting damage to the serotonin, memory, and learning systems of the brain. Although these research findings have since been questioned, supporters used this research to rally support for the new law. Senator Bob Graham sponsored bill S. 2612: Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act, under the cosponsorship of eight senators. ...

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