ECSTACY MARKET COLLAPSING
of the Drug Dramatically Down in the United States;
International Seizures Drop Dramatically
Walters, Director of the Office of National Drug Control
Policy (ONDCP), today released compiled data showing
dramatic changes in the illegal market for MDMA/Ecstasy in
the United States and abroad. Some key findings:
- The latest Monitoring
the Future report has found that the use of Ecstasy
(MDMA) has declined by nearly two thirds since 2001.
- Current use dropped 66
percent among 8th graders (from 1.8 percent to 0.6
percent), 61 percent among 10th graders (from 2.6 percent
to 1.0 percent), and approximately 64 percent among 12th
graders (from 2.8 percent to 1.0 percent).
- Perceived harm of using
Ecstasy among high school seniors almost doubled, from
33.8 percent in 1997 to over 60 percent in 2005.
- At its peak in 2001, total
domestic seizures of MDMA reached 11 million tablets. In
the past 2 years, however, total domestic seizures
declined to less than 3 million tablets.
- Dutch MDMA seizures
increased from 3.6 million tablets in 2001 to an average
of 5.5 million tablets a year for 2003 and 2004.
Director Walters said,
"Thanks to the work of parents, communities, and law
enforcement, we are seeing a dramatic decline in the threat
that Ecstasy poses to our nation. Conventional wisdom from
the late nineties convinced many Americans that there was
nothing we could do to stop the spread of Ecstasy abuse
among young people. Once again, we have proved that balanced
strategies against our drug threats make the drug problem
Percent of young
people using MDMA (Monitoring the Future 2005)