By Tori Braithwaite

What is it?

Ecstasy was originally developed by Merck pharmaceutical company in 1912. In its original form, it was known as “MDMA.” It was used in 1953 by the US Army in psychological warfare tests, and then resurfaced in the 1960’s as a psychotherapy medication to “lower inhibitions.” It wasn’t until the 1970’s that MDMA started being used as a party drug.

How is the Drug used?

The drug is used in a pill form mostly during sexual intercourse. It heightens perceptions of color and sound and supposedly amplifies sensations when one touches or caresses another.

Street Names

Scooby Snacks

Lovers Pill

California Sunrise

Short Term Effects


Faintness and chills or swelling

Muscle tensions

Long Term Effects




Important Facts

*Smothers the natural alarm signals given out by the body.

*As a result, after taking the drug, an individual risks going beyond his physical limitations and endurance.

*A person on Ecstasy may not realize that he or she has become overheated and can faint or even die of heatstroke.

*Researchers found that if Ecstasy is a repeated use to be associated with sleep, mood and anxiety disturbances; tremors or twitches; and memory problems.