Club Drugs Part 4: Ecstasy
Moving along with our series, let’s talk about Ecstasy. Ecstasy is the common name for MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) which is a man-made drug that produces energizing effects similar to amphetamines. Besides a stimulant effect Ecstasy also causes a psychedelic effect similar to LSD or Hallucinogens. Ecstasy is very commonly found in night clubs and raves as well as music festivals and concerts because of its effects. Ecstasy is commonly called “Molly” (slang for molecular) refers to the pure crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules. Ecstasy can also be known by other names:
* X, E, or XTC
* Dancing Shoes
* Disco Biscuits
* Egg Rolls
* Happy Pill
* Hug Drug
* Love Drug
* Malcolm (or Malcolm X)
* Scooby Snacks
* Vitamin E or Vitamin X
Most people who use Ecstasy take it in a pill, tablet, or capsule. The pills can be different colors and sometimes have cartoon-like images on them.
Some people take more than one pill at a time, called “bumping.” According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Ecstasy (MDMA) is being mixed with or replaced by synthetic cathinones, the chemicals in “bath salts.” Some Ecstasy pills, tablets, and capsules have also been found to contain caffeine, dextromethorphan (found in some cough syrups), amphetamines, PCP, or cocaine.
Once Ecstasy is taken it can take approximately 15 minutes to get through the bloodstream and reach the brain. Ecstasy users may become anxious and agitated, become sweaty, have chills, and feel faint and/or dizzy. Other effects including confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, and anxiety can happen days or weeks after use.
If you’re wondering whether or not you can die from using Ecstasy, the answer is yes. When you use Ecstasy the body has trouble controlling body temperature. When you’re in hot settings like dance clubs, or concerts it can cause a sharp rise in body temperature (known as hyperthermia), which can cause liver, kidney, heart failure or even death. For more information about Ecstasy, check out https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/mdma-ecstasy-or-molly.
Don’t Be Afraid to Say No. If you don’t want to try something that’s offered to you, you have a right to say no. Only you know what’s right for you and your friends shouldn’t be making your decisions for you by pushing you to do something. If you hear “everyone’s doing it” don’t believe that one. It may seem that way to you because a majority of your friends are doing these things.
Connect with Your Friends and Avoid Negative Peer Pressure. What kind of friends are you hanging out with? If most of your friends that you hang out with are using alcohol and/or drugs, you should consider making new friends. The more you hang out with those that use, the more of a chance you have of getting involved with drugs and not being able to stop.
Make Connections With Your Parents or Other Adults. As you grow up, having a trusted adult you can talk to about everything going on in your life including drug or alcohol use is very important.
Enjoy Life and Do What You Love – Don’t Add Alcohol and Drugs. Find things to do. You can get involved in your community, participate in school clubs or even get a job depending on your age. Don’t let the “I’m bored” become an excuse to get involved with alcohol and/or drugs.
Get Educated About Alcohol and Drugs. Take the time to learn about alcohol and drugs. Do not rely on information you hear from your friends as they could possibly be wrong.
Plan Ahead. If you’re going out to an event, make a plan on how you will protect yourself. Planning ahead will help you deal with a situation and will help to keep you from becoming a victim.
Get help. If anything happens don’t be afraid to get help. There are plenty of adults that are ready to help you.
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