MDMA (Ecstacy or Molly)

By: Sofia L. & Juliana R. Tb: 4

What is MDMA?

  • Short for methylendioxymethaphetamine
  • Man made drug
  • No medical benefits
  • Possibly can help with PTSD & terminal cancer patients with anxiety

How is MDMA used?

  • Can be taken in a pill, tablet, or capsule
  • Can be different colors
  • Some have cartoon-like images on them
  • Bumping- taking more than one pill at a time

How does MDMA affect the brain?

  • Takes 15 minutes for drug to enter bloodstream
  • Controls:
  1. Mood
  2. Aggression
  3. Sleep
  4. Feelings of pain

What are other effects?

  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle tension
  • Teeth clenching
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Faintness
  • Chills or sweating
  • Higher body temperature
  • Serious heart, liver, or kidney disease

Can you get addicted?

  • Researchers have not been able to determine this
  • Users experience:
  1. Dependence - relying on the drug to do everyday things
  2. Withdraw - unwanted side effects from not using the drug
  3. Tolerance - more of a drug is needed to get high

Can you die from use?

  • Yes
~ Causes problems regulating body temperature

~ Can cause kidney, liver or heart failure

How many teens abuse MDMA?

8th Grade:

Life time: 2.30%

Past year: 1.40%

Past month: 0.50%

  • Use increases as students get older

What should you do if someone needs help?

  • Call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

~ Assists with addiction support and substance abuse

  • Call a treatment facility locator

~ Used to find addiction help

What is MDMA classified as?

  • Considered a stimulant
  • Is an amphetamine
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