Know the facts, connect with resources, and get support to help you address known or suspected Ecstasy use with your child.
MDMA or Ecstasy (3-4-methylenedioxymethampheta-mine), is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties. Ecstasy typically comes in a tablet form that is often branded, e.g. Playboy bunnies, Nike swoosh, CK. MDMA also comes in a powder, capsule or liquid form. Its use is often associated with “raves” and club culture.
Researchers are studying MDMA in clinical trials as a possible treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety in terminally ill patients, and for social anxiety in autistic adults.
Signs of Ecstasy use include involuntary teeth clenching, a loss of inhibitions, chills and/or sweating, increases in heart rate and blood pressure, and anxiety. If you’re concerned your child may be using ecstasy or other substances, the following resources can prepare you to address the behavior more effectively.