On Thursday night, April 1st at 10:00, Primetime Thursdays, a Peter Jennings special on ABC News (channel 7), airs an hour long episode on the history of ecstasy use in America.

The producers seemed to show a genuine concern for giving an honest account of it’s uses and misuses over time, including the misinformation so prevalent about the drug’s effect.
They interviewed dozens of people for the piece, including Alexander Shulgin, the first chemist to report it’s effects, Frankie Bones, pioneer of the East Coast Rave scene, the Texas business man who sold it legally, the law enforcement agents involved in it’s criminalization, psychiatrists, psychologists, and accounts from people who have tried it.
Syd was one of many interviewed whose snippets are in the special. Should be an interesting show. More below.
ABC Press Release:
The rise of Ecstasy is a major event in drug history. If current trends continue, 1.8 million Americans will try Ecstasy for the first time in 2004; only marijuana will attract more new users. Overwhelming, positive word of mouth has made Ecstasy a nightmare for drug controllers. On a special edition of Primetime Thursday, Peter Jennings tells the epic story of Ecstasy that has never been heard. Peter Jennings Reporting: Ecstasy Rising airs THURSDAY, APRIL 1st at 10pm EST on the ABC Television Network.
In the 1990s, Ecstasy seemed to come out of nowhere to join marijuana, cocaine and heroin as one of the four most widely used illegal drugs in the country. No other drug has ever spread so fast.
To halt its spread, the U.S. Government has spent millions of dollars making a dramatic case against Ecstasy as a dangerous drug. The headline of this campaign has been that Ecstasy causes massive brain damage. But this is a claim based on flawed science, and many Ecstasy users now feel their government has no credibility.
What do we know about the real risks of Ecstasy? Has the government been its own worst enemy in the fight to stop the drug’s use?
Peter Jennings Reporting: Ecstasy Rising takes viewers through the seminal events in this story and introduces all the major players — from Alexander Shulgin, the famous chemist who was the first person to report the effects of Ecstasy, to Michael Clegg, the Dallas businessman who gave Ecstasy its name and turned it into a recreational drug, to the drug enforcement officer who led the fight to make Ecstasy illegal, to the DJ who brought Rave to America. This special tells the definitive story of how an obscure compound, discovered in 1912 and all but forgotten for over 60 years, became the drug of choice for a generation.