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Ecstasy (also known by its chemical name, MDMA) gives an energy buzz that makes people feel alert, alive, in tune with their surroundings, and with sounds and colours often experienced as more intense.

Clubbers take ecstasy to feel energised and happy. 

Users often develop temporary feelings of love and affection for the people they’re with and for the strangers around them.

The effects take about half an hour to kick in and tend to last between 3 to 6 hours, followed by a gradual comedown.


Also known as: XTC, Superman, Rolexs, Pink Superman, Pills, Mitsubishi’s, MDMA, Mandy, E, Dolphins, Crystal, Cowies, Brownies


Ecstasy is a class A drug, so it’s illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell. Possession is illegal and can get you up to seven years in jail and/or an unlimited fine.

Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you up to life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

If the Police catch you with Ecstasy, they’ll always take some action. This could include a formal caution, arrest and prosecution.

A conviction for a drug-related offence could have a pretty serious impact. It can stop you visiting certain countries – for example the United States – and limit the types of jobs you can apply for.



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There’s no way of telling what’s in ecstasy until you’ve swallowed it

The comedown can make people feel lethargic and depressed.

Long-term users can suffer memory problems, anxiety and depression.


Many deaths associated with ecstasy use

Ecstasy affects the body’s
temperature control.

Linked to liver, kidney
and heart problems.