According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 2.8 million Americans age twelve or older abused ecstasy in 2009.

Ecstasy, also known as Molly, MDMA and X, is an empathogenic substance of the phenethylamine and amphetamine classes of drugs. Ecstasy is usually in a pill or capsule form, which is often mixed with another substance, although it is sometimes found in powder form. Ecstasy is a schedule 1 controlled substance and very popular in the club and bar scene, classifying it in slang terms as a “club drug.”

In 2010, a drug report issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) stated that in the prior year, 2.4 percent of eighth graders, 4.7 percent of tenth graders and 4.5 percent of twelfth graders abused ecstasy at least once during the year. This study shows just how prominent ecstasy is in the younger generation. Ecstasy is highly addictive, and a survey by NIDA indicated that 43 percent of people who used ecstasy met the diagnostic criteria for dependency.

Ecstasy is a very dangerous club drug because of the overwhelming sense of well-being it provides the person using it. This can cause a person to lower their inhibitions and decide to do things they normally would not do. This can be very dangerous for multiple reasons. Primarily, people under the influence of ecstasy are more likely to engage in risky, life threatening behaviors. They may also be more vulnerable to predators that find it easy to take advantage of someone they know is using ecstasy because of the lacking inhibitions. A person may experience cravings for ecstasy after using it just one time. According to the NIDA, ecstasy dependency is likely in nearly half of all users.

Adverse symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Blurred vision
  • Clenching of the teeth
  • High heart rate

Short term side effects

  • Mental stimulation
  • Increased energy
  • Emotional warmth
  • Enhanced sensory perception
  • Wakefulness

Long-term side effects

  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Severe anxiety
  • Can be lethal

Withdrawal symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Depression

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