Ecstasy Use May Lead to Sleep Apnea: Illegal ‘Club Drug’ Poisons Neurons Involved in Control of Breathing During Sleep

Repeated use of the drug popularly known as “ecstasy” significantly raises the risk of developing sleep apnea in otherwise healthy young adults with no other known risk factors for the sleep disturbance, a new study by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests. The finding is the latest highlighting the potential dangers of the amphetamine-style chemical, currently used illegally by millions of people in the United States.

The Johns Hopkins scientists note that sleep apnea itself can lead to an assortment of health problems, including a decline in cognitive function, an increased risk of diabetes, and an increased risk of death from heart disease.

Users claim the drug enhances intimacy, diminishes anxiety, and facilitates some forms of psychotherapy.