Ecstasy

MDMA: (known as ecstasy)
is a mind-altering drug with hallucinogenic affects. Ecstasy in improvised labs and package for culture appeal to youths. Use of Ecstasy can have severe physical and psychological consequences and is potentially lethal.

Signs of Intoxication:

  • Increased energy
  • Sense of pleasure
  • Sociability
  • Feeling of euphoria

Negative effects may include:

  • Sweating
  • Muscle tension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  •  Blurred vision
  • Grinding of teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations

Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Panic
  • Insomnia – may last for weeks

Effects: Mind & Behaviour: Severe depression, confusion, anxiety, paranoia, apathy, distortions in perception and memory, insomnia, suicidal tendencies.
Heart & Blood: Increased heart rate and blood pressure, possible cardiovascular failure induced by high body temperature and dehydration.
Brain: Destruction of serotonin neurons, possible irreparable damage.
Lungs: Damage; may cause internal bleeding.
Liver: Jaundice and liver damage.
Kidneys: Kidney failure.
Muscles: Muscle tension, rigidity, breakdown of skeletal muscle.
Other Risks: Severe hypothermia (possible to 110°F or 43.3°C) tachycardia; convulsions, sudden collapse, coma; potentially fatal.