The Facts About Ecstasy Drug Use Among Teens

What Parents Should Know About Teen Use of Molly

Educate yourself about Ecstasy use in teens.
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Ecstasy is a drug than many parents don't much about. But unfortunately, it's a drug that many teens are familiar with.

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA and referred to as "Molly," is a synthetic addictive drug common on the club scene. It is a psychoactive drug with effects that are similar to amphetamine stimulants and hallucinogens, such as mescaline.

The Harmful Effects of Ecstasy

Ecstasy distorts the user's perception of time and physical sensations, and produces feelings of empathy, euphoria, happiness and emotional warmth, as well as increased energy.

user's inhibitions may also be lowered, which can lead to riskier behaviors.

Of these effects, the combination of an altered sense of time and boost to energy, in particular, can result in the dangers of extreme dehydration, exhaustion and even death, especially among club-goers.

The long-term effects of Ecstasy use include depression, long-lasting confusion, appetite loss, a lack of interest in sex, issues with attention and memory, sleep problems, and behavioral changes, including anxiety, aggression and impulsiveness.

Ecstasy can be lethal. Sometimes teens take too much or they mix it with other drugs. At other times, the concoction leads to increased blood pressure, which in turn leads to stroke or heart attack.

Teen Use of Ecstasy

Ecstasy is considered a party drug and it's often marketed to young people. Ecstasy often contains a wide mix of substances, ranging from rate poison and caffeine to cocaine and heroin.


It's packaged in brightly colored packets and the pills often have cute logos on them. And teens who take them are never really sure what they're ingesting.

It's usually taken in pill form but may be injected. Sometimes, it is sold as liquid Ecstasy, which is actually GHB. GHB is a nervous system depressant that can be found in drain cleaner and floor stripper.

According to the 2016 Monitoring the Future Survey, almost 5 percent of all 12th graders have used Ecstasy. Almost 1 percent of 12th graders had used the drug within the past months. 

Many teens underestimate the dangers of Ecstasy. It's important to talk to your teen about the real dangers associated with taking Ecstasy and other drugs. 

Educate yourself about Ecstasy. Start a conversation with your teen by asking, "Do you think any kids at your school use Ecstasy?"

Find out what your teen knows about Ecstasy and whether she's familiar with other teens who may be trying it. Then, discuss why some kids might think it's cool and the dangers of trying it. 

Treatment for Addiction

Teens can become addicted to Ecstasy and in the absence of the drug, they may find it hard to function. Treatment may involve outpatient therapy or more intensive inpatient treatment.

If you suspect your teen is using Ecstasy, seek professional help right away. Talk to your teen's doctor and seek a referral to a substance abuse professional if you see any signs of Ecstasy use.

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