The documentary looks at the evidence for long-term effects of ecstasy and dispels some of the myths that were promoted in anti-ecstasy campaigns of the early 90s (for example, the famously flawed brain scans presented to suggest that ecstasy leaves functional ‘holes’ in the brain).
It is clear that such scare stories about the drug’s damaging effects were greatly exaggerated.
The evidence does suggest, however, that heavy and / or long-term ecstasy use does lead to mild to moderate cognitive impairment in some people (memory seems particularly sensitive to change).
There is still a need for much more systematic research in this area, particularly as the evidence on whether these long-term impairments get better is quite mixed.
Link to ‘The E Generation at 40’ with audio.