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A number of studies have shown that heavy Ecstasy users experience a myriad of mental changes, scoring significantly higher on measures of obsessive traits, anxiety, paranoid thoughts, and disturbed sleep, among others.
There was no significant change in the number of past year initiates of Ecstasy between 2007 (781,000) and 2008 (894,000). The number of past year Ecstasy initiates in 2008, however, was significantly higher than the estimates in 2003 (642,000), 2004 (607,000), and 2005 (615,000). The estimate had been 1.2 million in 2002, significantly higher than in 2008. Most (68.5 percent) of the recent Ecstasy initiates in 2008 were aged 18 or older at the time they first used Ecstasy. Among past year initiates aged 12 to 49, the average age at initiation of Ecstasy in 2008 was 20.3 years, similar to the average age in 2007 (20.2 years).
The most profound side effects that have been reported that are related to using large overdoses include seizures, rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, and rarely death.
In 2006, an estimated 2.8 million persons aged 12 or older used an illegal drug for the first time within the past 12 months; this averages to nearly 8,000 initiates per day. This estimate was not significantly different from the number in 2005 (2.9 million). More than half of initiates (57.8 percent) were younger than age 18 when they first used, and about half of new users (53.2 percent) were female. The average age at initiation among persons aged 12 to 49 was 19.0 years.
The number of individuals in the U.S. that have reported abusing sedatives such as Xanax, has increase by more than 50% since 1998 in the United States.
Over half (51.0 percent) of teens aged 12 to 17 reported in 2005 that it would be "fairly easy" or "very easy" for them to obtain marijuana if they wanted some. Around one quarter reported it would be easy to get cocaine (24.9 percent) or crack (25.3 percent). One in seven (14.0 percent) indicated that heroin would be "fairly" or "very" easily available, and about one in six (15.7 percent) said it would be easy for them to get LSD if they wanted some.