Ecstasy abuse is a rising concern for teens in Minnesota. Between 2013 and 2014, the Minnesota Poison Control System recorded a threefold increase in ecstasy exposure. This increasingly common drug is frequently found in bars, clubs, and college campuses.

An ecstasy high can encourage risky sexual behaviors by stimulating the senses while reducing inhibitions. Teens often encounter the drug at a party, club, or private home. Unfortunately, many young people regard ecstasy as a “safe drug.”

Common Street Names

Although it’s commonly called MDMA or Molly, there are many ecstasy street names:

  • X, E, or XTC
  • Adam
  • Dancing Shoes
  • Beans
  • Disco Biscuits
  • Doves
  • Hug Drug
  • E-bomb
  • Candy
  • Egg Rolls
  • Happy Pill
  • Love Drug
  • Malcolm (or Malcolm X)
  • Scooby Snacks
  • Smartees
  • Thizz
  • Sweets
  • Skittles
  • Vitamin E or Vitamin X

How is Ecstasy Abused?

Overview of How the Pills are Abused

The ecstasy drug typically comes in a small, brightly-colored pill swallowed by users. The pill is found in a variety of shapes and colors. These pills can also be mixed with drinks. The effects of ecstasy make it especially popular at raves, concerts, and clubs.

Effects/High

What does ecstasy do to your brain? Its high is caused by enhancing neurotransmitters associated with pleasure. Users feel elevated mood, extroversion, and a sense of emotional warmth, plus exaggerated sensory perception. Many people report having more energy and feeling excited.

Negative consequences of ecstasy are not always apparent to the first-time user, but they can be sudden and profound. Symptoms can include de-personalization, loss of appetite, headaches, chills, and muscle spasms. Specific major ecstasy side effects can persist days after a dose.

Warning Signs

Ecstasy symptoms can be difficult to spot. Teens might suddenly begin staying out all night and sleeping into the afternoon. Chills, nausea, dilated pupils, dry mouth, and confusion are some symptoms that potentially continue into the following day.

Long-Term Effects and Dangers of Abuse

Long-term effects of ecstasy are dangerous. Even those who stop using the drug can show detectable brain changes years later. Poor memory, depression, confusion, anxiety, and paranoia are common lasting effects.

Thankfully, ecstasy overdose is relatively rare. Panic attacks often happen during an overdose, and victims experience high blood pressure. Seizures and fainting can come on suddenly as well. Organ failure and other catastrophic complications are more likely to occur in warm environments.

Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms include difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and appetite changes.

Ecstasy Abuse Treatment: How Anthony Louis Center Helps Teens

The right environment is critical for young people suffering the aftermath of ecstasy. They need professional help, stability, and strong emotional bonds to help them navigate increased odds of depression and other mood disorders brought on by ecstasy exposure.

Here at The Anthony Louis Center, our team designed a comprehensive protocol to support recovering teens affected by drug abuse, including programs to assist them during drug detox. With our insights and yours, teens can thrive in a drug-free future with a fresh outlook.

To learn more, contact us.