Ecstasy

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WHAT IS ECSTASY?

Ecstasy is a synthetic/man-made drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). Ecstasy can produce the feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception. Commonly referred to as MDMA or molly.

HOW IS ECSTASY USED?

Ecstasy is often taken orally in tablet or capsule form; it can also be taken in a liquid or powdered form.

ECSTASY IN HAWAII

  • Ecstasy is popularly used at ‘rave’ dances (ex. EDC, Wonderland Ent.) – associated with EDM music.
  • 9% of Hawaii high school students tried ecstasy at least once in their lifetime.
  • In 2012, 19 yo. UH Hilo student died from anoxic encephalopathy – the inability to get enough oxygen to the brain after consuming ecstasy/MDMA. 

HEALTH RISKS

The effects of Ecstasy/MDMA last about 3 to 6 hours:

  • Increase in body temperature, leads to dehydration
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Strokes
  • Seizures

PARTIES, RAVES, CLUBS

Ecstasy is often present in environments where music and dancing is enjoyed. Be responsible and mindful that ecstasy and other club drugs may be present. Be aware of the effects of these drugs, especially when combined with alcohol, to stay safe and healthy. 

Sources: Honolulu Advertiser; ONDCP; NIDA; Join Together On-line; NIDA Drug pages MDMA; Drug Enforcement Administration; DAWN 2005 Report; CDC YRBSS 2009, Monitoring the Future study 2008-2009, Hawaii National Guard Counter Drug Program, Streetdrugs.org.