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Self-medicating with Ecstasy: Is it worth the risk?

Ecstasy--MDMA--is a drug that first gained popularity in the 1980's. The drug, said to make you more empathic, loving and open to self-reflection, was often found at "Raves" or all-night parties. Fearing for the safety of the community, the Drug Enforcement Agency moved quickly to have the drug classified as a Schedule I drug--meaning that it was classified as a controlled substance that had no medical benefit and a high risk for abuse.

50 years of the Miranda Warning

The Miranda warning, which is 50 years old this month, arose out of the case of Ernesto Miranda v. the State of Arizona, in which Miranda was arrested for a crime and not informed that he could be silent or contact an attorney. His confession to the crime was thrown out and he was released, and the Miranda warning was born. Today, law enforcement officers all over the United States use it when they arrest someone. Each state can decide how to word their warning, and there isn't one particular version that must be used all across the country.