WHAT IS ECSTASY?
Ecstasy (“E”) consists of MDMA
(methylenedioxymethamphetamine) - a stimulant that combines
the properties of methamphetamine (as in the street drug -
"Crystal Meth") with mind-altering or hallucinogenic
WHAT IS IN AN ECSTASY TABLET?
Ecstasy is an illegal substance, so the manufacturers are
not subject to any regulations or quality control. This
means that the only way to find out exactly what is in every
pill, and in what quantity, is to have it laboratory
An Ecstasy tablet is supposed to consist of MDMA. These days
however, so-called “Ecstasy” usually consists of a wide
range of dangerous psychoactive substances in varying
amounts. Some of the substances that have been found in ‘E’
PMA (Para methamphetamine): This is a very poisonous
substance already linked to many deaths
4MTA: A poison also linked to ‘E’ related deaths
Caffeine: As in coffee
LSD: ‘Acid trips’
Ephedrine: A drug that causes rapid heart beat, dry
mouth and throat and even heart attack in large doses
Ketamine: A general anaesthetic
Aspirin: Found in varying amounts
Atropine: A drug often used by emergency officers in a
And many more dangerous substances!
WHAT ARE THE PHYSICAL SIDE EFFECTS OF ECSTASY?
Blurred vision, hallucinations & visual disturbances
Increased heart rate & blood pressure
Loss of appetite
Nausea & vomiting
Faintness & dizziness
Chills & sweating
Tremors & convulsions
Disturbed sleep & insomnia
Loss of control over voluntary bodily movements
SOME REACTIONS HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO PERSIST FROM 1- 14 DAYS
AFTER TAKING ECSTASY.
ECSTASY CAN ALSO BE DETECTED IN THE URINE 4 DAYS AFTER USE.
WHAT DOES ECSTASY DO TO YOUR BRAIN?
Ecstasy destroys the Serotonin producing neurons in the
brain. Serotonin is a necessary and essential endorphin that
not only helps us to control our moods so that they are
stable, but it also keeps us being very depressed all of the
When ‘E’ destroys these neurons, it causes a chronic
depletion of brain serotonin levels and endorphin
When ‘E’ causes an imbalance in serotonin and endorphin
levels, it radically affects the areas in the brain that
– causing emotional instability & making us angry,
depressed or anxious
– by decreasing our libido and causing an imbalance in
our hormone levels
– causing disruptions to our sleep with disturbing
dreams & frequent waking episodes
SENSITIVITY TO PAIN
- by either decreasing or increasing our pain threshold
LONG TERM NEURO-PSYCHOLOGICAL DYSFUNCTION IS ALSO ASSOCIATED
WITH THE USE OF ECSTASY - PARTICULARLY IN REGARD TO DELAYED
& DECREASED MEMORY FUNCTION.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON SYMPTOMS OF ‘E’- WITHDRAWAL?
Aggression & mood swings
Decreased sexual desire & activity
Insomnia & disturbed sleep patterns
Increased sensitivity to pain.
ECSTASY AND PREGNANCY
Ecstasy is carried directly from your blood stream into
the blood stream of your baby. This puts both you - the
mother and your unborn child at risk to any of the
previously listed side effects.
Ecstasy has also been known to cause miscarriage.