E is for Ecstasy

Back in 1992 the BBC aired this documentary that follows a small group of british youths who regularly take ecstasy and are involved in the rave scene of the time. This film asks these individuals to share there experiences and sets about determining what motivates users to consume the drug whilst discussing the possibility of long term effects with medical experts.

 

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  • Di

    Why do people take drugs. To fill a void. If somehow they can figure out how to fell the way they feel when they take ecstasy without taking ecstasy things would be a whole lot better for these people and their health. Friendship, music, and family connections and having fun naturally, not to mention church is the wholesome and best way to have a good time.

    • sarahjane1912

      For many people — young and old — enjoying themselves in this manner *is* their version of church. It is their ‘religion’. And who’s to say they’re wrong? Far FAR more people are killed, maimed, hurt, beaten up, involved in accidents, broke, disease-riddled etc from indulging in alcohol than party drugs and you don’t see the governments rushing to ban the demon drink. Ecstasy is a drug which enhances one’s experience, increases the natural endorphins and gives people a fantastic time without them being angry, vicious, suicidal or up for a fight. Ecstasy — unlike alcohol — is not addictive and if it’s taken carefully, it is far safer than any other drug [eg crack or coke or acid].

      You actually don’t know what you’re talking about. And if you’re into church — and it seems like you are — perhaps judge not lest you be judged.

    • Dmax

      “church is the wholesome and best way to have a good time” well sorry but being stuck in a building with a load of brain washed morons all the while being told by some nonce that’s probably not long finished bumming some poor choir boy that I’m a sinner and I should be grovelling for forgiveness to some ridiculously impractical and impossible super natural being is not my idea of having a good time.

  • Di

    What good is it when the after effects are so bad and negative and make you feel twice as bad as when you feel good.

    • sarahjane1912

      Everyone’s ‘come down’ is different. And I can safely say that anything I’ve experienced after enjoying E is child’s play compared to an alcohol-related hangover [something I haven’t had in about 26 years]. As with all things, moderation is key. I really think you ought to educate yourself rather than just leaping to conclusions. You’ve obviously watched this documentary and tut-tutted away without understanding what it’s all about. That’s fine — there are many like you — but it makes you look silly for making value judgments on other people. They’re not hurting you, they’re not harming you … they’re not out stealing cars and breaking into houses to indulge in their past-time. They’re having a good time and loving life in their own particular way. Remember: this has nothing to do with you.

  • Di

    Idiot survives an overdose and goes back. What an idiot.

  • Di

    Not only do they need to make information available, they need to do raids on clubs that distribute these kinds of drugs and go to the school’s heath and wellness classes and get to the heart of what these drugs can and will do to you and promote alternative ways to have fun so kids don’t feel so isolated and uncomfortable and lonely in their own skin and feel need to take these drugs. Adolescence is a very tough time for kids and the need to belong is strong and devastating to some people. Providing supports and outlets can help prevent drug use and abuse.

    • sarahjane1912

      There’s a reason that young people feel alienated from the world and that has nothing to do with taking party drugs. The media, societal and parental pressures, the bullying culture [which wasn’t even a thing when I was at school for which I blame America and their movies/TV/mean girl culture] not to mention the raging hormones of adolescence, have more to do with the confusion young people feel than party drugs.

      I’m definitely not advocating that youngsters take drugs AT ALL because young bodies shouldn’t indulge in anything which interferes with their still-developing systems [and their brains can’t yet handle the responsibility, which is why there are rules about drinking age etc] but don’t blame drugs for young people’s behaviour, feelings and approaches to life because there is a lot more to it than that.

      The people in this film are in their 20s [and older] and are absolutely able to make their own decisions without help from others. And I bet you a million bucks that this film, 22 years old, would see the ‘stars’ alive and well and happily enjoying their middle age.

      Ecstasy is not a ‘gateway’ drug either by the way. You don’t just go from Es to heroin or crack or whatever because it’s a completely different short-term experience which doesn’t cause addiction and can be enjoyed yearly without repercussions for the huge HUGE majority of participants. People who RARELY die from an overdose are not dying from the drug per se — unless it’s been cut with something nasty — but rather from not managing their fluid intake or from a congenital issue that was going to kill them anyway.

      The only reason governments ban party drugs is because they can’t control them. They can control alcohol by virtue of taxes etc [which of course they LOVE] but drugs are a different animal entirely. And if they can’t control something, a government’s natural recourse is to make it illegal even if it’s proven to be largely much much safer than other things [guns, for example]. What would be more ideal would be if party drugs *could* have checks and balances to ensure their safety so that people can enjoy themselves without fearing prosecution. Then the deaths [few as they are] would be almost eliminated altogether. Difficult to see it happening, but maybe one day there will be some enlightenment in this particular area.