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:
- Increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.
- Involuntary teeth clenching.
- Muscle cramping.
3. Negative long-term effects include:
- Heart and / or kidney failure.
- Memory loss.
Why is ecstasy dangerous?
It is dangerous because it may cause:
- 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.
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|