Sustained Ecstasy Use Degrades Memory

Some of the first evidence coming through that sustained use of ecstasy might impair memory:

Researchers found the ecstasy users remembered an average of 25% less items. University senior lecturer in psychology Dr Tom Heffernan said: “I would say it was quite a significant forgetting rate. It is something they certainly should be concerned about.”

This research comes on top of some previous research showing cognitive deficits in ecstasy users as as well evidence that heavy ecstasy use is linked to depressive symptoms.
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Published: 6 May 2005

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