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Ecstasy

Ecstasy
August 28, 2010 Kim Goldman

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (AKA Ecstasy, XTC, X, Adam, Charity, Lover’s Speed, Bean, M, Roll, Go, Hug drug, Candy, E) belongs to a family of drugs called “entactogens”, which means “touching within.”  It is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen.  MDMA was developed in the early 1900’s and was originally used by psychologists as a therapeutic tool. It was used in small doses in a controlled environment.

What does it look like?

MDMA is usually swallowed as
a tablet or capsule. Usually, the
dosage per tablet is 100mg,
although tablets vary in size.

What are the immediate effects?

MDMA can have the following effects:

  • Significant increase in heart rate
  • Increase in body temperature that may lead to muscle breakdown, kidney failure, and cardiovascular system failure.
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Dehydration
  • Increase in sense of alertness
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Seizures
  • Depression

What are the long-term effects?

MDMA is a neurotoxic (toxic to neurons). Continued or chronic use has been found to cause long lasting and sometimes permanent damage to the neurons that release serotonin, leading to memory loss.

WARNING: Dehydration doesn’t sound like a big deal, but several people have died while dancing on E.  Mixing alcohol and E increases the risk of bad reactions.

Yes, teens are using ecstasy.

  • 28% of teens know a friend or classmate who has used Ecstasy, with 17% knowing more than one Ecstasy user.
  • 10% of teens say that they have been to a rave, at which Ecstasy was available at more than two-thirds of these events.
  • Ecstasy use in 12th graders rose from 5.6% in 1999 to 8.2% in 2000, and for the first time. Additionally, 8th graders showed increased rates in their use of Ecstasy.

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