Behavior: A Crackdown on Ecstasy

The DEA outlaws the country's latest pop drug

Proponents claim that it delivers a gentle two-to-four-hour journey that dissolves anxieties and leaves you relaxed and emotionally open, without the bad trips or addictive problems of other psychoactive drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration says MDMA, or Ecstasy as it is known on the street, is an un- controlled and rapidly spreading recreational drug that can cause psychosis and possibly brain damage. Last week the DEA banned Ecstasy by labeling it with a one-year emergency Schedule I controlled-substance classification. That listing is reserved for drugs, like heroin and LSD, which have a high potential for abuse.

The DEA acted because tens...

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