I've recently received a good deal of
mail about an article I wrote about ecstasy for The Sun.
article, written nearly two decades ago when ecstasy had first become popular
and was the latest craze in discos everywhere, I explained that the drug was
potentially dangerous and should be avoided.
Many of my recent
correspondents have criticised me for warning about ecstasy. I've been accused
of `scaring' people who wanted to take it, of worrying the general public and
users and of `creating a moral panic'.
I make no apologies whatsoever and
stand by everything I wrote about ecstasy.
The textbooks show that my
fears were entirely justified. As a former GP and hospital doctor I have seen
the human damage. I suspect the parents, relatives and friends of Leah Betts and
Sian Sadler (both of whom died after taking ecstasy) would agree with my
Those who now oppose my warnings on ecstasy might like to examine
I hope and believe that my article - and my warning -
If I scared people into not taking this awful and dangerous
drug I am delighted.
The message is simple. Ecstasy kills. Only the
gullible take it. Only crooks sell it. And only fools defend it.
Note: Vernon Coleman has been calling for the decriminalisation of
drugs for over 30 years - on the grounds that this is the best way to reduce
drug addiction. His book The Drugs Myth is available free for reading on
this Web site.
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2005