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Beck J, Morgan PA. 
“Designer drug confusion: a focus on MDMA”. 
J Drug Educ. 1986;16(3):287-302.
This article discusses the competing definitions and issues surrounding the various designer drugs, but is primarily devoted to an examination of MDMA, an increasingly popular substance often labeled as a designer drug. Also known as 'Ecstasy' or 'Adam,' MDMA possesses both stimulant and psychedelic properties which combine to produce a unique effect desired by many users. The authors offer a rationale for why interest in MDMA will continue to grow despite the drug's recent illegality and the increasing evidence of neurotoxicity. MDMA's recreational attraction and therapeutic potential are discussed. Much more research is necessary to address both the potential benefits and risks of this controversial substance.
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