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SLEEP APNEA CAUSE

ANCHOR LEAD:  THE STREET DRUG KNOWN AS ECSTASY IS ASSOCIATED WITH SLEEP APNEA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Sleep apnea, where someone stops breathing for brief periods while sleeping, is an important public health issue and has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of death.  Now a Johns Hopkins study led by Una McCann, a drug addiction expert at Johns Hopkins, says sleep apnea may be a consequence of using MDMA, or ecstasy.

MCCANN:  The major finding was that people who’ve previously used the recreational drug MDMA or ecstasy are at an eight fold increased risk for developing sleep apnea, the most common yet quite severe sleep disorder.  Sleep apnea causes something called the metabolic syndrome where people gain weight, they can get type 2 diabetes, they are at risk for cardiac arrhythmias, they’re at risk for cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, so anything you could do to prevent that I think would be worthwhile and not taking MDMA would be on my list of things.             :34

One more reason not to use MDMA, McCann says.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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