Ecstasy, also called MDMA, is an illegal drug. It is a stimulant with hallucinogenic properties. It is chemically related to amphetamines and some hallucinogens. MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is sold in tablets, gelatin capsules or a powder. Tablets can be yellow or white, and have color speckles or designs on them. A tablet can cost anywhere from $10-40 per 100-mg dose. Other drugs may be mixed in with MDMA, so you can never be sure what you are getting when you purchase it.
While some of the short-term effects such as a sudden burst of energy; euphoria; tingling sensations; and a sensation of floating may seem desirable, you might also be prepared for rapid eye movement; increased heart rate, blood pressure and pulse rate; sweating; hot/cold flashes; dry mouth; teeth grinding; nausea; vomiting; hallucinations; anxiety; panic attacks; dizziness; confusion, or even irrational behavior; convulsions; dehydration; urinary retention; and “muscle melt-down” at high doses.
The effects begin with 15-90 minutes of ingesting the drug, with a peak between 2-3 hours. The effects usually last 4-8 hours but can last up to 24 hours.
STILL THINKING OF TRYING ECSTASY?
Well, studies are looking at the long-term effects of this drug on brain chemistry. MDMA affects production of serotonin and may contribute to already-existing psychiatric disorders. While the jury is still out on the addiction potential of this drug, scientists generally agree that MDMA is psychologically addictive and primate studies show that MDMA could be physically addicting as well.
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT…
MAYBE IT’S NOT
For more information about this and other drugs, call Laini at the Health Center, x3165.
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