Ecstasy use drops as passion for ‘plant food’ rises

NEW synthetic recreational drugs, often available via the Internet as “plant food”, have health experts worried as ecstasy use continues to fall.

A survey of about 700 regular ecstasy users by the University of NSW’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) found that after 20 years in vogue, ecstasy use in Australia has slumped, with users citing weekly or greater use dropping from 37% in 2005 to 23% in 2010.

However, new drugs were starting to enter the market, said NDARC director Professor Michael Farrell.

One of these drugs is mephedrone, a synthetic stimulant closely related to