Can Ecstacy Kill?
Yes. Ecstasy (MDMA) kills many young people.
Ecstasy addiction is another of the problems that certain drugs have caused, and are still causing, mankind. Ecstasy is actually the most popular street name of a synthetic psychoactive drug called MDMA, which shares certain chemical similarities with methamphetamine and mescaline. It is often categorized as an anti-depressant, a stimulant and a hallucinogen. Ecstasy goes under several kinds of street names such as X, E, candy, beans, Adam, molly, love drug and XTC.
Ecstasy addiction is a serious issue in the United States where the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimated that more than 700,000 Americans have tried the drug. This addictive is a really serious issue among young people today, especially those who attend social events and places such as Rave parties and clubs. Close to 50 percent of adolescents and young adults that use Ecstasy are said to be dependent on it.
Facts to Know About Ecstasy and Its Users
This drug soared into prominence in the 1990s as a drug of choice for young people in the electronic music scene. Ecstasy, which is often prescribed by doctors to help patients deal with symptoms of anxiety and depression, is meant to be taken orally in tablet form. However, it is common among the abusers of the drug to snort, smoke or inject it. And because of its neurotoxic nature, the drug can have really serious implications on such individuals when Ecstasy addiction sets in.
Psychologists often recommend the drug to patients to help them deal with sadness and dreariness. As one can probably deduce from the name of the drug, it is used so as to generate feeling of excitement and intense delight. Most young people that make use of the drug have said that the reasons for their use included dealing with social anxiety and feeling part of the collective. It has also been noted that some of those having Ecstasy addiction problem are also likely to use or abuse some other addictive substances like marijuana, crystal methamphetamine and LSD, which it makes it scarier.
Ecstasy Use has Debilitating Effects Leading to Death
At the initial stage, the drug is able to induce excitement by stimulating the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is associated with such feeling, in the brain through the use of small doses. But with continued use, the dopamine levels as well as the serotonin levels in users are depleted, and Ecstasy addiction sets in as more of the drug is used to attain the desired experience. There are some serious side effects, both physical and psychological, that could be brought about when this happens.
Ecstasy abusers expose themselves to such side effects as sudden rise in body temperature (hyperthermia), spontaneous teeth clinching, nausea, blurred vision, muscle tension, liver disease, kidney damage and cardiovascular issues among others. Severe dehydration or exhaustion can also be experienced in certain cases. The possibility of these side effects surfacing is heightened as a result of the fact that the drug could even interfere with its own metabolism. Strained relationships with family and friends and poor performance in school or workplace are among the offshoots of the psychological effects of use.
The issues of Ecstasy addiction raise the need to break free from it through rehabilitation.
The Ecstasy user, even after very short term use, experiences severe withdrawal symptoms a short time after the ever reducing drug ‘high’. These symptoms make them crave the drug intensely, and quickly leads to very heavy use of the drug. They can become non-functional in very short order. The addict’s work or schoolwork will typically deteriorate rapidly, and they normally lose all interest in anything but getting another ‘high’ to relieve the severe withdrawal symptoms.
Ecstasy addicts urgently need professional intervention to limit further damage to their minds and bodies.