Prevention and risk reduction in festive environments
Know more, risk less
Also known as ecstasy or molly when it’s in the form of pills of different shapes and colors (often stamped with a logo), it can be cut with other substances (amphetamine, caffeine, or medicine). MDMA can also be sold as powder or capsules.
Ecstasy is a stimulant. It relaxes, increases communication and empathy and gives a feeling of well-being. It can lead to insomnia and fatigue. Ecstasy tends to increase sex drive but can also cause impotence as well as male or female anorgasmia. The effects can be felt about 30 minutes to an hour after the use. The effect peaks after 2 to 3 hours and wears off the next hours (comedown).
It increases heart rate and body temperature and dehydrates. It can lead to drowsiness, fainting, hyperthermia and acute dehydration. It can also cause nausea, headaches, cramps, panic attacks and increases the risk of psychiatric episodes for vulnerable people. Mixing it with alcohol or medicine increases all those risks.
Frequent use can lead to weakening, weight loss, depression, harm to the liver and degradation of nervous cells.
Comedown: the days following the use, feelings of exhaustion and depression are common. Using ecstasy is not recommended in cases of cardiovascular issues, epilepsy, asthma, hepatitis, kidney failure, diabetes, psychological issues, or in association with medicine treatments.