Ecstacy Is Downfall Essay, Research Paper
Ms. Denise A. Pani
4 September 2001
Exstacy is Downfall
The drug Ecstasy is dangerous for not only our people, but also a menace to society. With my own experiences in college and people I am closely bonded to, or used to be, I have seen this highly used club drug invade our campuses of America by leaps and bounds. I can tell you more than one story about young college friends that had 4.0 GPAs and promising careers ahead and now have nothing because of this drug. I remember a doctor telling me that 12 years ago this drug was not even known of and now it seems every other day we are reading in the paper of overdoses or reports on the cerebral damage it does.
The concern is very high about the use of this drug by young people and it very well should be as for the fact of it has a no win situation when this drug is used. When Exstacy is used, it not only causes cerebral damage and stunts the ability of that user to learn, but it can also result in death. There are quite a few people I have met in my experience who were the definition of intelligent and were always just a little quicker to “pick things up” in the classroom, but after their experimentation of Ecstasy were not. After a while these users began to show signs degenerative cognitive ability: memory loss, inability to learn in class, and a “spaced out” demeanor. Not only can this drug cause learning problems, but also can throw a person into severe depression. If you talk to nearly 1/3 of the United States this disease is very difficult to deal with. Extensive research has been done on this horrible drug and it very well should be for it is a true problem to America. The way that our people look at this drug is crucial to resolving this problem, because that is all it is a problem. A guy that I was best friends with back in high school recently got caught with 300 tabs, or pills, of Ecstasy in his car and will now probably go to jail for a long time. Don’t you think that is a shame?
Think about it, this is a guy that all thru high school maintained a 4.0 GPA and in his first two semesters at college held a 4.0 with twenty-one hours each semester and planned on being a professional sports agent. What is to happen to him now? He will probably spend a few years in jail while being tortured by inmates and mentally breakdown not finishing his education and upon leaving jail will not be able to get a descent job anywhere in America with that kind of background. So, I guess there is my point, a guy who could have been something, someone, a plus to himself as well as society lost because of Exstacy.
I hear people every now and then try to take up for the drug or justify it by saying “If it’s only every once in a while it is all right” or “It is a loving drug and it brings people together.” I am absolutely appalled. Something that only hurts people as individuals and society as a whole has nothing good to offer, and rather than bring people together instead brings them to their knees.