What is ecstasy?


  • Is an illegal synthetic drug.
  • Has a similar effect to hallucinogens and stimulants.
  • Is often used at all-night dance clubs or discos.
  • Is also called a “club drug”, “love drug” and “dance drug”.
  • Has the ability to cause addiction.


How does ecstasy affect your body?

1.      Positive short-term effects include:

  • Extreme mood lift.
  • Increased willingness to communicate.
  • Increased energy.
  • Feelings of comfort and closeness to others.
  • Increased awareness and appreciation of music.

2.      Negative short-term effects are:

  • Nausea.
  • Chills.
  • Sweating.
  • Increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.
  • Involuntary teeth clenching.
  • Muscle cramping.

3.      Negative long-term effects include:

  • Anxiety.
  • Paranoia.
  • Dehydration.
  • Depression.
  • Heart and / or kidney failure.
  • Memory loss.


Why is ecstasy dangerous?

It is dangerous because it may cause:

  • Dependence.
  • Psychiatric problems (e.g. depression, hallucination).
  • Damage to nerve and brain.
  • Damage to important organs (heart, liver, kidney).
  • Injury due to violence or accidents.
  • Drinking and smoking problems.
  • Death.

You may also:

  • Be exposed to unsafe and unwarranted sex.
  • Be subjected to police arrest for breaking the law.


If you are already on ecstasy or are involved with people on it, what should you do?

  • Seek help and support from your parents, teachers, school counselors or doctors.
  • Be assertive and say “NO” to this behaviour.
  • For details link to:
    • Drug abuse and Assertiveness module, other web sites.
    • Say “no” to smoking.


Last Reviewed : 27 April 2012
Content Writer : Prof. Madya Dr. Foong Kin
    Dr. Nor Saleha bt. Ibrahim Tamin
Reviewer : Dr. Salmiah bt. Md. Sharif
  : Dr. Wan Fadhilah bt. Wan Ismail