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Cognitive performance in light current users and ex-users of ecstasy (MDMA) and controls

Golding, John F. and Groome, David H. and Rycroft, N. and Denton, Z. (2007) Cognitive performance in light current users and ex-users of ecstasy (MDMA) and controls. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 33 (2). 301-307 . ISSN 0095-2990


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00952990601175052


Previous research has shown that heavy users of ecstasy may suffer impaired cognitive functioning, and the present study set out to investigate whether such impairment might also be found in light users or ex-users of ecstasy. Sixty subjects, comprising 20 current light users, 20 ex-users, and 20 non-users of ecstasy, were tested on an extensive battery of cognitive tests. Current light users of ecstasy achieved significantly lower scores on the overall cognitive test battery than did the non-users (p=0.011), though there were no significant differences on any individual subtests. However, the scores obtained by the ex-users of ecstasy did not differ significantly from those of the non-users. It was concluded that current light users of ecstasy show a small but significant cognitive impairment, but that no such impairment is detectable in ex-users who had abstained from the drug for at least 6 months.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cognitive Ability, Cognitive impairment, Drug abuse, Memory, MDMA
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:4868
Deposited On:19 May 2008 11:19
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:33

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