"I just say whatever I want to whoever I want / Whenever I want, wherever I want, however I want
However, I do show some respect to few / As ecstasy got me standing next to you
Getting sentimental as fuck spillin’ guts to you / We just met
But I think I’m in love with you / But you’re on it too
So you tell me you love me too / Wake up in the morning like “yo, what the fuck we do?”
I gotta go bitch / You know I have stuff to do
‘Cause if I get caught cheatin’ then I’m stuck with you / But in the long run
These drugs are probably going to catch up sooner or later / But fuck it, I’m on one
So let’s enjoy / Let the X destroy your spinal cord … "
- Eminem, excerpt of “Drug Ballad”.
“I may take ecstasy once or twice a year and I’m fine. I’ve always been okay. There is nothing wrong with taking ecstasy.” That’s, at least, what I remember being the gist of a close friend of mine’s argument when he confessed to me he had taken the illicit drug the night before in a party and I started arguing against his choice. Ecstasy saw a steep rise in its use in recent decades, especially at the turn of the twenty-first century (Walters, Foy & Castro, 2002; Lyvers, 2006; Kelly, 2009). More alarmingly, perhaps, was the evidence that every year there were younger kids (as young as an 8th grader can be) trying ecstasy (Walters et al., 2002, p.140). It would not be a surprise then for a social phenomenon like this to be paid close attention by professionals in diverse fields such as psychology, medicine, neuroscience, law, anthropology, public administration and education, as well as by the general public.
However, are we really paying attention to the issue? Although the answer to this sardonic question is not the subject of the present paper, I do bring it up with two things in mind that will help me expose the actual intention of this article later on: 1) If government, policymakers and educators are taking heed of this “problematic”, shouldn’t their...