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Marijuana and MDMA use hits new high among Irish youth

The use of marijuana and MDMA among Irish youth has grown significantly over the years, from 2.4 percent in 2007 to 4.4 percent in 2016, as revealed by the recent “European Drug Report 2018: Trends and Developments”, published by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). This has made Ireland one of the most drug-heavy countries in Europe.

The findings of the research are based on the data and numbers available with EMCDDA. The researchers found a number of interesting facts about the current state of substance abuse in Ireland. Smoking marijuana has become more common among the youth aged between 15 and 34. The usage grew from 10 percent in 2007 to 14 percent in 2015. While weed is illegal in the country, its medicinal use is still permitted. This implies that the growing number of cannabis consumers in the country can lead to increased legal tensions.

Additionally, an increasing number of people abusing opioids has become a serious matter of concern for many in Ireland. As per the report, around 19,000 individuals were high-risk opioid users and opioids caused nearly 224 overdose deaths in 2015. The report also revealed that the number of people seeking help for heroin addiction was higher than those seeking treatment for marijuana addiction. Around 3,560 people sought treatment for heroin compared to 2,380 for cannabis use in 2016.

Drug abuse common among Americans

MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, is a synthetic stimulant common among party goers owing to its mind-altering effects. It makes the users experience high energy, distortions in time, changed perception, greater empathy and increased sexual drive. Marijuana is one of the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Though it remains illegal under the U.S. federal law, several states have permitted its use for medicinal and recreational purposes. Marijuana too has an adverse effect on the brain causing anxiousness, hallucinations, impaired cognitive functioning and changed perception.

Americans view marijuana use as harmless, and both adolescents and adults share a wider acceptability for the drug without realizing its repercussions. The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealed that approximately 2.3 percent Americans, equivalent to 584,000 adolescents, aged 12-17, suffered from marijuana use disorder (MUD) in the past year. Additionally, 1.7 million young adults aged 18 or above too had MUD.

Seeking treatment is key to healthy living

Addiction can affect an individual from any age group or culture. When people use a drug for the first time, the ensuing high is enough to instill the desire to try the substance again. With time, a person may become tolerant and dependent. It is therefore, important to get help at the earliest before matters go out of hand. One can help a person addicted to any drug by connecting him/her with an addiction specialist, helping the person choose the best treatment facility or making the information about such facilities available to those in need.

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