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Psychosis and recreational use of MDMA (“Ecstasy”)

  • Eamon Keenan (a1), Maurice Gervin (a2), Arthur Dorman and John J O'Connor (a3)

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A seventeen year old man attended the National Drug Treatment Centre with a paranoid psychosis following ingestion of Methylene dioxy methamphetamine (MDMA). He had been taking MDMA on a recreational basis over a five month period. Although chronic psychosis after heavy use of MDMA has been reported there are no pervious reports of psychosis following recreational use. This report highlights the psychological dangers of this drug, which has become widely misused in Dublin over the last two years.

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