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Posted: 12/7/2003 1:44:02 PM EDT
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Cocaine and Ecstasy Cause DNA Mutation, Study Says
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ROME (Reuters) - Cocaine and ecstasy not only cause addiction and raise the risk of cancer but also provoke genetic mutations, Italian scientists said Friday.



"Cocaine and ecstasy have proved to be more dangerous than we had imagined," said Giorgio Bronzetti, chief scientist at the National Center for Research's (CNR) biotechnology department.


"These drugs, on top of their toxicological effects, attack DNA provoking mutations and altering the hereditary material. This is very worrying for the effects it could have on future generations," he said.


The use of ecstasy, a drug popular at all-night dance parties, increased by 70 percent between 1995 and 2000 according to a United Nations (news - web sites) report published in September.


Ecstasy and amphetamines have overtaken cocaine and heroin as the fastest growing global narcotics menace, the study said.


The CNR report, which took more than three years to complete, said animal tests had shown a direct relationship between ecstasy and cocaine intake and the effects on DNA.


"In other words, the longer the time frame of drug consumption, the greater the damage to DNA," Bronzetti said.



Link Posted: 12/7/2003 1:47:46 PM EDT
That explains my ex girlfriend.
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 1:54:20 PM EDT
Another obvious attempt by 'The Man' to justify the pernicious war on drugs. Everyone knows that drug use doesn't hurt anyone, and drugs are only 'bad' because they're illegal.
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 1:56:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sparky315: Another obvious attempt by 'The Man' to justify the pernicious war on drugs. Everyone knows that drug use doesn't hurt anyone, and drugs are only 'bad' because they're illegal.
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So the US office of Drug Policy BOUGHT the Italian Goverment just to produce this study? That is one very important thing about this- it comes from a place that is NOT involved in the so-called "War on Drugs".
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 1:56:57 PM EDT
I reserve the right to alter MY DNA any way I damn well please. Interesting article TJ, thanks. -HS
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 2:24:59 PM EDT
What other drugs cause DNA to mutate? I'd always heard this about LSD, and then that was disproved. Why is it always illegal drugs that mutate DNA? Never hear this about Zoloft or Zantac or Viagra... And shouldn't this have come to light by now? All the folks blowing coke up their noses in the 70's, not to mention the generations of South American indians who used it? I'm gonna have to see some more on this.
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 2:31:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By METT-T: And shouldn't this have come to light by now? All the folks blowing coke up their noses in the 70's,
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This explains my ex girlfriend [:d]
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 2:34:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/7/2003 2:35:17 PM EDT by TheHurtgenForest]
Italian researchers: Cocaine, extacy cause DNA damage, cancer. D'uh!
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 2:36:50 PM EDT
The Italians should stick to olive oil and good wine. Leave the research to the experts. Saying drugs damage DNA is like saying the sun is hot. No shit, Sherlock.
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 2:36:53 PM EDT
Cocaine and extacy are bad for you? Really?
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 1:14:27 PM EDT
MDMA (Exstacy) definately alters brain function, permanatly. Cocaine definately irritates the nasal cavities, and can complicate pre existing heart conditions. But I'm not convinced it causes cancer or reproductive harm. Marijuana is the most likely "street" drug to cause cancer.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 1:25:11 PM EDT
as a slight aside--- anyone want to guess where all the ecstasy in this country comes from??? Google "ecstasy smuggling". I couldn't believe it myself. here's the link if your lazy [url]http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=ecstasy+smuggling[/url]]
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 1:35:18 PM EDT
Smuggling ex? Why on earth take the risk? Its a synthetic, make it here just like meth. Why bother running the border?
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 1:36:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Only_Hits_Count: as a slight aside--- anyone want to guess where all the ecstasy in this country comes from??? Google "ecstasy smuggling". I couldn't believe it myself. here's the link if your lazy [url]http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=ecstasy+smuggling[/url]]
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Sammy the Bull was bringing it in from Denmark after the feds moved him to Arizona.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 1:59:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ArmdLbrl: Smuggling ex? Why on earth take the risk? Its a synthetic, make it here just like meth. Why bother running the border?
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Umm- perhaps because in this country we actually control the precursor chemicals......[/sarcasm]
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 3:16:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DoubleFeed: That explains my ex girlfriend.
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How true, we must have the same ex
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 3:47:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Cheat:
Originally Posted By DoubleFeed: That explains my ex girlfriend.
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How true, we must have the same ex
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One eyed, slightly chubby, the most perfect breasts I ever seen, extremely loony redhead? Yeah, that's her.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 4:02:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DoubleFeed: How true, we must have the same ex
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One eyed, slightly chubby, the most perfect breasts I ever seen, extremely loony redhead? Yeah, that's her.
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Mom?
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 4:09:13 PM EDT
Naw.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 4:48:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AR15fan: ... Marijuana is the most likely "street" drug to cause cancer.
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Wrong again-- I think your looking for "tobacco". It's also a gateway drug. Kills 100,000's of people a year.Very addictive, avaiable in any high school. So evil- it's even banned in prison.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 4:56:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By METT-T: What other drugs cause DNA to mutate?
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Aspirin.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 5:07:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Rosstradamus:
Originally Posted By METT-T: What other drugs cause DNA to mutate?
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Aspirin.
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That's enough to give somebody a headache.
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