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Ecstasy

Also known as:

  • Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
  • Methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA)
  • Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA)

What's This?

'Ecstasy' refers to tablets containing MDMA, MDEA and MDA. These tablets come in different colours with different logos stamped in them. They are often sold in discos as well as night joints. People take them to enable them to dance all night and sometimes they die from exhaustion and dehydration.


Other controlled drugs such as Ketamine and Methamphetamine, and chemicals such as paracetamol and calcium carbonate are often mixed with 'Ecstasy'. This may cause bad reactions to the body.

A photograph of ecstasy

Effects & Dangers

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Jaw clenching, teeth grinding and uncontrollable shaking
  • Kidney, liver and brain damage
  • Long term memory loss
  • Chills, sweating and vomiting
  • Inability to think, see and co-ordinate properly
  • Hallucination

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Anxiety, depression and uncontrollable fear
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Loss if control if senses and reality