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Taking Ecstasy too casually would appear to be unwise

June 10, 2010 |  4:06 pm

Ecstasy One death in L.A., two deaths in the San Francisco area, more than two dozen hospitalizations... It's possible -- just possible, mind you -- that Ecstasy might not always be the best party drug.

The L.A. Now blog reports Thursday on the Ecstasy-related downsides at two raves. It notes:

"One emergency-room patient suffered organ failure, requiring a stay in the intensive-care unit after suffering a seizure and liver and kidney failure. He needed dialysis to detoxify his blood, according to the report, and remained hospitalized for 28 days. The report said that, after his discharge, the man continued to need dialysis." Read the full post.

The L.A. Now details are drawn from a just-released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report about a New Year's Eve rave. That report helpfully includes a definition of a rave.

And here's some information about Ecstasy, from the American Council for Drug Education. It includes street names, description, history, effects on the body -- even how it causes death. All good things to know.

-- Tami Dennis

Photo: Ecstasy is known in some circles as 3-4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine -- or MDMA. Here, tablets are displayed after a U.S. customs seizure in L.A. in 2000.

Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times