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Ecstasy (MDMA) is a synthetic drug with both hallucinogenic and amphetamine-like properties. It is chemically similar to two other synthetic drugs, MDA and methamphetamine, which damage the brain.
How are they taken:
Common street names:
e, mdma, dennis the menace, rhubarb and custard, new yorkers, love doves, disco burgers, phase 4, diamonds, fantasy, echoes, essence, adam, eve, xtc,
Long term use can cause damage to the liver. When taken in a hot atmosphere can lead to heat stroke and dehydration. Depression. Some deaths reported. A number of people have died from taking just one tablet. Current evidence suggests most of them died from heat stroke by becoming hot and dried out (dehydration). Taking ecstacy raises the body temperature. The energy people get means people can dance for hours, getting even hotter acts as a stimulant, so the risks are greater for people with heart conditions, high blood pressure or who suffer from epileptic fits.
Higher doses taken regularly can result in anxiety and panic attacks, paranoia, confusion and insomnia, but once the drug is stopped, these symptoms usually disappear. It is illegal to have, give away or sell ecstacy. It is in the same legal catagory as heroin and cocaine, class A.
|Physical risks associated with using ecstacy:
|increased heart rate and blood pressure
|sleeplessness and tremors
|lack of muscular coordination
|sparse, mangled, and incoherent speech
|decreased awareness of touch and pain that can result in self-inflicted injuries
|coma; heart and lung failure
|Psychological risks associated with using hallucinogens:
|a sense of distance and estrangement
|depression, anxiety, and paranoia
|confusion, suspicion, and loss of control
|behavior similar to schizophrenic psychosis
|catatonic syndrome whereby the user becomes mute, lethargic, disoriented, and makes meaningless repetitive movements
Remember Lear Beth died after taking only 1 ecstacy tablet (first time user)
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