EDRS Bulletin April 2011: Has ecstasy peaked? A look at the Australian ecstasy market over the past eight years

Key findings

  • Data from the EDRS and other Australian surveys suggest that Ecstasy is declining in popularity among recreational drug users.
  • Data also suggests declining prevalence of ecstasy use in the UK and other European countries.
  • There has been a reduction in the price, purity and availability of ecstasy in Australia.
  • There appear to be few MDMA-producing clandestine laboratories and falling numbers and amounts of MDMA border detections in Australia.
  • It is concluded that there appears to be declining use and availability of ecstasy among Australian recreational drug users. Possible future outcomes are explored.