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The effect of the ecstasy 'come-down' on the diagnosis of ecstasy dependence

McKetin, Rebecca; Copeland, J; Norberg, Melissa; Bruno, R; Hides, Leanne; Khawar, L


Background: The existence of an ecstasy-dependence syndrome is controversial. We examined whether the acute after-effects of ecstasy use (i.e. the 'come-down') falsely lead to the identification of ecstasy withdrawal and the subsequent diagnosis of ecstasy dependence. Methods: The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR Disorders: Research Version (SCID-RV) was administered to 214 Australian ecstasy users. Ecstasy withdrawal was operationalised in three contrasting ways: (i) as per DSM-IV...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.02.697


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