NIH News Advisory
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Michelle Muth


NIDA to Host Symposium:
"MDMA/Ecstasy Research: Advances, Challenges, Future Directions"
July 19 - 20, 2001
What: A scientific conference, hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will feature an array of international experts in the area of MDMA research. Also known as Ecstasy, MDMA is a dangerous and popular drug among teens and young adults at clubs, raves (large, all night dance parties) and rock concerts. MDMA can have long-lasting negative effects on the brain and affect memory and motor skills. It can lead to dehydration, hypertension, heart or kidney failure, and even death.
Who: The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health.
When: Thursday - Friday, July 19-20, 2001
Where: William H. Natcher Conference Center
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland
Why: A number of the nation's best monitoring mechanisms are detecting alarming increases in the popularity of MDMA/Ecstasy, particularly among today's youth. MDMA/Ecstasy research: Advances, Challenges, Future Directions provides an important opportunity to examine the latest scientific findings on MDMA and to identify areas requiring additional research.

Media are invited to attend. For more information and to register, call the NIDA Press Office, 301-443-6245.

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