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.”
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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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