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Autumn Metcalfe Social Problems of Ecstasy and Raves Throughout American history drugs have posed a problem to society and lawmakers Many attempts have transpired to try to prevent future problems associated with drugs Many of the drugs threatening America were originally designed toward the improvement of human health The most recent epidemic of recreational drug use is ecstasy Ecstasys popularity is particularly in the possession of the nations youth The institute of use is at all-night clubs and bars within many large cities Recent research has been completed about the problems and long term effects of the drug Does the new era of rave clubs and club drugs such as ecstasy pose a great threat to society Before analyzing the societal problems associated with ecstasy it is important to understand what it is and its background Ecstasy or MDMA methylenedioxmethamphetamine first originated in 1914 and was used as an appetite suppressant it was not heavily used again until the 1970s and was used to treat psychological disorders Finally in the 1980s the drug administration banned any open use of ecstasy because of recent test results proving it causes health problems Recently the drug has become very popular and the rising popularity is from the influence of the rave movement Boom Boom Boom The sound of the new innovative music responsible for cultivating and transforming society erupts from the speakers of a rave Codes of conduct at raves are nonexistent With out rules the crowds are encouraged to participate in whatever they find pleasing People attend the raves to dance but in actuality the ravers seek thrill through clandestine actions Raves usually are praised for creating peaceful and positive vibes but in spite of the fun and happiness created raves also have many downfalls Raving is an all-night activity Large quantities of rave kids use mind and body altering drugs enabling them to indulge in a night of dancing and immoral behavior
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