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Ecstasy: Just the facts

Ecstasy is also known as MDMA or E.

The effects of Ecstasy take about half an hour to be felt, and can last for between 3 and 6 hours. There is then a gradual ‘comedown’ as the effects of the drug wear off.

Ecstasy can make you feel:

  • Energised and alert
  • As if sounds and colours are more intense
  • Love and affection for people around you
  • Anxious and suffer panic attacks
  • Confused
  • Paranoid
  • Psychotic

Ecstasy has a number of serious risks. You can: 

  • Suffer from memory problems leading to depression and anxiety
  • Experience liver, kidney and heart problems
  • Increasing the chances of dehydration and overheating as the way your body controls temperature can be affected

One of the biggest risks with taking ecstasy comes when users take a second tablet because they haven’t felt the ‘high’ of the first tablet. The effects of both can then kick in at the same time, doubling the effects and risks.

Ecstasy is very rarely pure, and the other drugs that may be mixed with it can lead to serious problems. You can never be sure exactly what’s in a pill or powder, or how you will react to the drug after taking it.

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