Ecstasy is a synthetic, psychoactive drug chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. Other street names for Ecstasy include Adam, XTC, hug, beans, and love drug. In 2002, an estimated 676,000 people in the U.S. age 12 and older used Ecstasy.

Research in animals indicates that Ecstasy is neurotoxic.

Ecstasy can also be dangerous to health and, on rare occasions, lethal.

In the brain, Ecstasy interferes with the chemical serotonin, which plays an important role in regulating mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain.

Chronic users of Ecstasy perform more poorly than nonusers on certain types of memory tasks.

In high doses, Ecstasy can interfere with the body''s ability to regulate temperature, leading to a sharp increase in body temperature resulting in liver, kidney, and cardiovascular system failure.
Ecstasy can cause confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, and severe anxiety.

Other drugs chemically similar to Ecstasy, are sold as Ecstasy, and are associated with unexpected sudden deaths. The purity of the Ecstasy is never known, adding to the danger.

If you know someone using Ecstasy, call for help before it’s too late.