Ecstasy, also known by its chemical name MDMA is often seen as the original designer drug because of its links to the dance music culture in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Night clubbers would often take ecstasy to feel energised and happy, to stay awake and dance for hours at a time. The effects would last for anything up to 6 hours followed by a gradual comedown.
Between 1996 and 2014, there were 670 deaths in England and Wales to which ecstasy use was recorded on the death certificate.
Negative Side Effects of Ecstasy
- Tightening of the jaw muscles
- Raised Body Temperature
- Increased Heart Rate
- Lethargy and Depression
Risks of Ecstasy
- Long term users can suffer from memory problems, depression and anxiety
- The use of ecstasy has been linked to liver, kidney and heart problems
- Anyone with a pre-existing heart condition, blood pressure problems, epilepsy or asthma can have a very dangerous reaction