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Young people taking ecstasy in the UK has risen by 84% in the last year

New data reveals 157,000 more people taking it over the last 12 months

  • Mixmag staff / Photo: MDMA Team
  • 24 July 2015

About 157,000 more 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK have taken ecstasy in the last year, compared to two years previous.

According to data by the Crime Survey of England and Wales, ecstasy use by young adults (16 to 24s) has risen by 84 per cent in the past two years, with the figure for 16 to 59-year-olds at 37 per cent since 2012/13.

We reported at the end of last year that ecstasy purity in the UK was at a ten-year high and drugs expert Fiona Measham reckons this is a reason for the increased use.

"My view is that increased purity from 2010 onwards across Europe is making ecstasy in pill, powder and crystal form increasingly attractive, combined with easy availability and relatively low prices."

However, tests carried out between 2006 and 2014 showed that less than 40 per cent of pills being sold in the UK actually contained MDMA.

LSD's another class A proving popular with young people across Britain, with the figures, released yesterday, saying 49,000 had taken it in the last 12 months, marking a 175% rise.

Check out the data on ecstasy use below.

[ Via: the Guardian]

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