Party drug ecstasy greatly increases risk of sleep apnea

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According to a study in the December 2nd issue of Neurology, the party drug ecstasy is linked to risk of obstructive sleep apnea. According to Una McCann, MD, of John Hopkins School of Medicine, and colleagues, the risk of developing sleep apnea as a result of using ecstasy is greater than with obesity, which has long been associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Specifically, users of the drug ecstasy were more than eight times as likely to have sleep apnea during non-REM sleep as controls. The researchers commenting on this stated, “We know that abusing drugs can have numerous harmful effects… our findings show yet another reason not to use ecstasy.” Click here to read an article from US News and World Report that discusses these findings more.

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