Man Takes 40,000 Ecstasy Pills: Don't Try This at Home
A case report was just published about a guy who took 40,000 MDMA pills over the course of nine years. That's nearly 4,500 Ecstasy tablets a year. That's an overall average of 12.18 pills per day. Funny enough, he's had some lasting side-effects, none of which sound particularly pleasant.
The study refers to him as "Mr. A". Why not "Mr. E"?
The man, known as Mr A in the report in the scientific journal Psychosomatics, started using ecstasy at 21. For the first two years his use was an average of five pills per weekend. Gradually this escalated until he was taking around three and a half pills a day. At the peak, the man was taking an estimated 25 pills every day for four years.
There is no clear evidence that some people suffer allergic reactions to ecstasy. However, around 10% of Western users do lack a key liver enzyme CYP2D6 needed to break down MDMA. This may make them more sensitive to the effects and more prone to accidental overdose.
"He came to us after deciding that he couldn't go on any more," said Dr Christos Kouimtsidis, the consultant psychiatrist at St George's Medical School in Tooting who treated him for five months. "He was having trouble functioning in everyday life."
Be afraid, be very afraid.