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charlie23
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2117724,00.html

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The 37-year-old patient, known as Mr A, took an estimated 40,000 tablets over the course of nine years, 20 times the previous reported record lifetime usage of 2,000 tablets, according to researchers at the University of London. For the last four years he was taking 25 tablets a day.
Doctors carried out an assessment on how this was affecting his daily life, and found that he repeated activities several times because he could not remember having already done them, and stopped in the middle of simple tasks because he could not remember how to complete them.

He became paranoid and had hallucinations, although these two symptoms disappeared and his panic attacks lessened after he stopped using cannabis.

Pretty impressive dosage, pretty unremarkable effects.
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I still find this hard to believe... for a few days after April 1st I'm always wary of failed jokes that have made it into the mainstream. On the other hand, I've seen it in The Guardian and the BBC as well so it seems it must be true, or at least, not a complete fabrication.

The figures for his pill use are only estimates, so they could be on the high side.

But I agree - although this is being presented as representing the damage that long term ecstasy use might cause, on another level it actually shows that you can take ridiculously large amounts of it with little ill-effect!

His short-term memory is apparently completely shot too, but when you read the rest of what he was taking during this time, it's amazing he can still function at all...

(Edited to add links and a few other bits. The Guardian has published a correction about their attribution of the studies, but it doesn't seem significant.)

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I've taken maybe two tabs in the last 6 years, but I still often stop in the middle of simple tasks because I can't remember how to complete them...I've also noticed that my paranoia and anxiety attacks have dissapeared since I STARTED using cannabis. Go figure [Wink]
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Hmmm, I've never used Ecstasy and I sometimes stop in the middle of simple tasks and forget what I'm doing. Especially when I see something shiny. Like, one time I was writing this post an

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Is it just me, or did anyone else picture a 700 pound man popping pills to get "in the mood".

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quote:
Originally posted by Griffin stuck in the Candy Floss:
Is it just me, or did anyone else picture a 700 pound man popping pills to get "in the mood".

Not in this case. Ecstasy has a side affect of appetite suppression. Chances are the person doing 25,000 pills by the age of 30 was a thin as a rail.

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I'm calling BS somewhere along the line.

The street price for ecstacy is about $25 dollars a pill.

25 x $25=$625 a day...thats just too much money, unless the dude is a millionare.

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In Europe in bulk it's about $4 each. Single doses about $10 but I figure he probably never bothered with singles. I'm suspecting though that he was either in dealing or manufacturing, since your average consumer would have a hard time finding supply like that.

I think if someone can take that much of something and live, it should probably be legalized.

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Originally posted by JetEd73:
I'm calling BS somewhere along the line.

The street price for ecstacy is about $25 dollars a pill.

25 x $25=$625 a day...thats just too much money, unless the dude is a millionare.

I have known people to spend the equivalent of that amount in Australian dollars per day on heroin. They weren't millionaires. It works out that you usually get beaten up occasionally when you can't make a payment to the dealer, and you turn enough tricks every day to get by. It's doable to have a large habit, but it wouldn't be my lifestyle choice for sure.

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Question... the article says "after he stopped using cannabis." Ecstasy and cannabis aren't the same thing.
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He was using ecstasy, cannabis and several other substances at the same time.
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quote:
Originally posted by medtchva:
Question... the article says "after he stopped using cannabis." Ecstasy and cannabis aren't the same thing.

Very, very different. Cannabis is a downer that relaxes you. Ecstasy is an upper that makes you hyper for hours on end. One's smoked, one's swallowed in pill form. And so on.

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wow! He musta been borrrrrrrrred!

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Originally posted by magpie:

I think if someone can take that much of something and live, it should probably be legalized.

Don't know all the details of this, but this guy probably built up a tolerance over time.

I had a friend who died after taking one Ecstacy tablet - her blood pressure got too high and she hemorrhaged. So I wouldn't say that it's a safe drug.

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I'm sorry about your friend, but her experience was not the typical one. Just as a person who is allergic to peanuts can die the first time they try one.

I still think it's really amazing that he could take 40,000 pills and suffer so few physical effects. If someone would have done that with just about any other legal drug, including things like tylenol, cough medicine or some vitamins, they probably would have suffered a lot more physical (and possibly mental) effects.

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quote:
Originally posted by Esprise Me:
Hmmm, I've never used Ecstasy and I sometimes stop in the middle of simple tasks and forget what I'm doing. Especially when I see something shiny. Like, one time I was writing this post an

ok, I'm abit late in replying to this, but I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard!
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