Fact Sheet – Ecstasy



MDMA (known as Ecstasy) is a mind-altering drug with hallucinogenic effects. Ecstasy is produced in improvised labs and packaged for cultural appeal to youths. Use of ecstasy can have severe physical psychological consequences and is potentially lethal.

Signs of Intoxication: Increased energy, sense of pleasure, sociability, feeling of euphoria. Negative eects may include sweating, muscle tension, increased heart rate, suppressed appetite, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, grinding of teeth, jaw pain, anxiety, panic attacks, tremors and hallucination.

Withdrawal Symptoms: Confusion, panic, insomnia – may last for weeks.


  • Mind & Behavior: Severe depression, confusion, anxiety, paranoia, apathy, distortions in perception and memory, insomnia, suicidal tendencies.
  • Heart & Blood: Increased heart rate and blood pressure, possible cardiovascular failure included by high body temperature and dehydration.
  • Brain: Destruction of serotonin neurons, possible irreparable brain damage.
  • Lung: Damage; may cause internal bleeding.
  • Liver: Jaundice and liver damage.
  • Kidneys: Kidney failure.
  • Muscles: Muscle tension, rigidity, breakdown of skeletal muscle.

Other Risk: Severe hypothermia (possible to 110-F or 43. 3-C) tachycardia; convulsions, sudden collapse, coma; potentially fatal.