At Westminster Hospital, we are now seeing several cases every week of young people either with extreme agitation, or else in the depths of depression. Both conditions are morbid side-effects of taking Ecstasy. The initial 'high' that this drug induces is followed by a progressive depression which can leave abusers of this substance with permanent psychiatric symptoms.
Let there be no doubt that Ecstasy is an extremely dangerous drug that carries a mortality rate and a very high morbidity rate. Entrepreneurs who have controlling interests in leisure centres have a moral duty to adopt a 'no drug' policy.
If anyone needs further convincing, a night or so spent in any central London accident and emergency department where the ravages of drug abuse are commonly seen will, I'm confident, convince people of the necessity of a 'say no to drugs' policy.
Consultant in Accident and
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