Happiness Is...A Pill?: The Science: The Lure Of Ecstasy

THE ELIXIR BEST KNOWN FOR POWERING RAVES IS AN 80-YEAR-OLD ILLEGAL DRUG. BUT IT'S SHOWING UP OUTSIDE CLUBS TOO, AND ADVOCATES CLAIM IT EVEN HAS THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS. JUST HOW DANGEROUS IS IT?

Cobb County, Ga., May 11, 2000. It's a Thursday morning, and 18-year-old "Karen" and five friends decide to go for it. They skip first period and sneak into the woods near their upscale high school. One of them takes out six rolls--six ecstasy pills--and they each swallow one. Then back to school, flying on a drug they once used only on weekends. Now they smile stupid gelatinous smiles at one another, even as high school passes them by. That night they will all go out and drop more ecstasy, rolling into the early hours of another school day. It's rare that...

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