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
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
- Increase in sense of alertness
- Heart attacks
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.