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Ecstasy is often known as a club drug because it is primarily used at dance clubs, bars and raves. Ecstasy is usually sold in a pill form which often times contains cartoon-like images on them and come in a variety of colors. The contents in Ecstasy can vary depending on the person who is selling them, so you never know what you are going to get until it may be too late. Ecstasy in its purest form contains MDMA which produces similar effects to those in hallucinogen drugs and amphetamine drugs like Speed. As a result, Ecstasy can have an energizing effect with a feeling of euphoria and a heightened sense of touch, smell, sight and sound.

Street Names – Ecstasy

XTC, X, E, Adam, Clarity, Go, Truck Driver, Rhapsody, Disco Biscuits, Cristal, Essence, Echoes, Hug Drug and Love Drug.

Short-term effects

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Severe nervousness
  • Moodiness, anxiety, paranoia
  • Muscle tension
  • Involuntary teeth clenching
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Chills or sweating

long-term effects

  • Long-lasting brain damage affecting thought and memory
  • Depression, anxiety, memory loss
  • Kidney failure
  • Psychosis - hallucinations and distorted perceptions of reality