Ecstasy (MDMA)

by Laura Hinsch

What is Ecstasy?

Ecstasy is a drug that is mainly used to produce energy. It looks like a tablet or pill you would take if you were sick. In most cases, it has other drugs combined with it such as cocaine, over the counter cough suppressant dextromethorphan, or marijuana. Ecstasy is mainly used at long parties which is where the energy from it kicks in and comes in handy. People use this by either swallowing or snorting it. When teens take Ecstasy they start to psychologically depend on it to feel happy, handle stress, and deal with life.

Effects

Short Term- 3 to 6 hours

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Drug cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Increases heart rate and blood pressure
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Muscle
  • Cramps
  • Tingling in skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision

Long Term

  • Brain damage
  • Memory loss

Slang Terms

-Molly

-Beans

-Clarity

-Disco Biscuit

-E

-Go

-X

-Roll

Statistics

Percentages of teens using Ecstasy

- 5 to 2% of all eight graders

- 8 to 5% of all tenth graders

- 7 to 11% of all twelfth graders

Emergency Room Visits

- rose 1200% since it has become a "party drug"

Advice

If you are even offered a ecstasy, just think twice. There are many more upsets that will cost you than that one reason that made you want to take it. Also, talk to a trust adult if you feel you want the drug or you you an stop taking it. In addition, try different activities or events to keep your mind off ecstasy. This will hopefully get you off ecstasy.

Story

This is a story about a girl who made one bad decision that costed her, her life.



http://www.cathysprom.com/cathy's_story.htm