Study: Casual use of ecstasy can alter brain chemistry

December 19, 2011 3:39:04 PM PST
Sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, memory loss -- that may be your brain on ecstasy.

A new study suggests recreational use of the so-called rave drug can alter brain chemistry, causing a drop in serotonin levels that can last up to two years. Serotonin is critical to the regulation of mood, appetite, sleep, learning and memory.

Nearly 16 million Americans 12 and older have reported using ecstasy.

The study appears in the Archives of General Psychiatry.