92% of those who begin using Ecstasy later use harder drugs.

What is Ecstasy?

In 1912 Ecstasy was developed by Merck pharmaceutical company. In its original form ecstasy was known as MDMA. The U.S. army used it in 1953 in psychological tests. It started being used as a party drug in 1970. In the early 1980s MDMA was the “in drug” for many weekend parties. Ecstasy has become a “marketing” term for drug dealers selling “Ecstasy-type” drugs.

How is it used?

The drug most commonly comes in pill form but can also be injected and taken in other ways.

Street Names

Some street names for this drug is Beans, Elephants and Snowball.

Short Term Effects

Some short term effects of Ecstasy are confusion, depression and sleep problems.

Long Term Effects

Some long term effects are long-lasting brain damage affecting thought and memory, death and kidney failure.

Important Facts

Less than 10% of Ecstasy pills on the market were pure MDMA by 1995.