Ecstasy Use During Pregnancy Can Cause Memory Damage

Ecstasy Use During Pregnancy Can Cause Memory Damage

New research indicates that use of the drug ecstasy during pregnancy can cause long-term learning and memory problems in children, the Associated Press reported April 30.  A research team led by Charles V. Vorhees of  Children’s Hospital Research Foundation and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio, found that rats given ecstasy on days 11-20 of their life suffered from impaired learning and memory in maze tests. During the first 11 to 20 days, a rat’s still developing brain is used to approximate exposing a woman to the drug in her third trimester of pregnancy. The researchers found that the damage suffered early in life continued when the rats
reached adulthood. “These findings suggest that ecstasy may pose a previously unrecognized risk to the developing brain,”said Vorhees.

Source: Author C.V. Vorhees et al. Published in the  Journal of Neuroscience. may 2001.

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