The Dangers of MDMA (Ecstasy)

By: Yasmeena Sedhom 6J IBT

MDMA also known as Ecstasy is a man-made psychoactive drug. A psychoactive drug is a chemical drug that mostly affects the central nervous system. It changes brain function which results in temporary changes in mood, consciousness and behavior. MDMA is short for Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It is a club drug which is usually taken by young people at dance clubs and raves.

MDMA in Disguise

MDMA has many different names. On the street, MDMA is called many different names so people can talk about the drug without being caught. Some street names are Molly, Beans, Essence, Hug Drug, Love Pill, Elephant, Snowball, XTC and Scooby Snacks. They are many more code names. People use almost anything to talk about a drug without being caught.
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The Effects of MDMA

People who are taking the drug MDMA (Ecstasy) will experience the following effects:

SHORT TERM EFFECTS: Impaired judgement, confusion, depression, paranoia, sleeping problems, severe anxiety, blurred vision, drug cravings

LONG TERM EFFECTS: Long-lasting brain damage (thought and memory), kidney failure, depression, memory loss, damage to parts of the brain that regulate learning, sleep and memory, anxiety and death

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A message for you

Now that you know a little bit about MDMA (Ecstasy) and the effects of taking MDMA, here is a message I have for you. My message to you is to think before you do something foolish. Taking an illegal drug could get you into a lot of trouble. If you are having problems with friends or struggling in school, you might think that taking MDMA will make you happy. At the start you may feel that taking this drug is amazing because it makes you so happy but soon enough, the real effects come in and you feel very bad and sick. So, make sure to always think twice before taking MDMA or any other drug.
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