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Depressed, Anxious Children More Likely To Try 'Ecstasy' (1/1/06)

    Reporting on the results of a study of 1580 Dutch children over a 14 year period, researchers have found that depression or anxiety problems during childhood doubled the likelihood that a child would eventually try 'ecstasy'. This result is consistent with earlier findings that psychological problems in general increased the likelihood of 'ecstasy' use later in life.

     This correlation between childhood emotional problems and drug use is not in of itself new, although detailed data of the connection between specific problems and 'ecstasy' use is.  Given that emotionally troubled people are also at greater risk of drug addiction, childhood mental health intervention may prove to be an invaluable tool for combating drug abuse and addiction later in life.

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