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The pharmacology and toxicology of "ecstasy" (MDMA) and related drugs.

Overview of attention for article published in CMAJ, January 1970
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5 news outlets
blogs
2 blogs
twitter
20 tweeters
facebook
1 Facebook page
wikipedia
2 Wikipedia pages
reddit
2 Redditors
video
2 video uploaders

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Title
The pharmacology and toxicology of "ecstasy" (MDMA) and related drugs.
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CMAJ, January 1970
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Authors

Harold Kalant, Kalant, H

Abstract

"Ecstasy" (MDMA) and related drugs are amphetamine derivatives that also have some of the pharmacological properties of mescaline. They have become popular with participants in "raves," because they enhance energy, endurance, sociability and sexual arousal. This vogue among teenagers and young adults, together with the widespread belief that "ecstasy" is a safe drug, has led to a thriving illicit traffic in it. But these drugs also have serious toxic effects, both acute and chronic, that resemble those previously seen with other amphetamines and are caused by an excess of the same sympathomimetic actions for which the drugs are valued by the users. Neurotoxicity to the serotonergic system in the brain can also cause permanent physical and psychiatric problems. A detailed review of the literature has revealed over 87 "ecstasy"-related fatalities, caused by hyperpyrexia, rhabdomyolysis, intravascular coagulopathy, hepatic necrosis, cardiac arrhythmias, cerebrovascular accidents, and drug-related accidents or suicide. The toxic or even fatal dose range overlaps the range of recreational dosage. The available evidence does not yet permit an accurate assessment of the size of the problem presented by the use of these drugs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 5 8%
United States 2 3%
Brazil 1 2%
Australia 1 2%
Netherlands 1 2%
United Kingdom 1 2%
Switzerland 1 2%
Germany 1 2%
Poland 1 2%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 51 78%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 83 128%
Student > Master 58 89%
Student > Ph. D. Student 32 49%
Researcher 30 46%
Student > Postgraduate 28 43%
Other 72 111%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 101 155%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 43 66%
Chemistry 33 51%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 31 48%
Psychology 29 45%
Other 56 86%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 68. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 February 2020.
All research outputs
#286,884
of 14,565,799 outputs
Outputs from CMAJ
#584
of 6,640 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,708
of 122,885 outputs
Outputs of similar age from CMAJ
#9
of 133 outputs
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