NM Poison Center Warns Ecstasy Making a Comeback

“Ecstasy” and “Molly” (a purer form of Ecstasy), are on the rise among teens and young adults both nationally and here in New Mexico. Ecstasy and Molly are the common names for the manmade chemical called MDMA which produce feelings of euphoria and a heightened sense of touch.

“Ecstasy,” sometimes referred to as “Molly”, is on the rise among teens and young adults. “Ecstasy” or “Molly” are the common names of the chemical called MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine). This manmade chemical produces effects similar to stimulants. In addition, this chemical produces feelings of euphoria and a heightened sense of touch.

However, because Ecstasy is not a regulated pharmaceutical product, tablets labeled as Ecstasy or Molly may contain any of a number of compounds with similar chemical properties, and chemical analysis of tablets sold this way have turned up methamphetamines, synthetic cathinones (“Bath Salts”), ephedra and other compounds.

“Ecstasy” typically is taken in pill form. Negative side effects of stimulant medications may include dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, clenching of the muscles, dehydration, increased heart rate and blood pressure, seizures and even death.

Recently, a New York City event closed down early due to the deaths of two young adults and four others who were hospitalized in critical condition after taking Ecstasy. The actual chemical constituent(s) involved are not yet known. Learn more at http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/09/02/molly-drug-glamorized-by-stars-spreading-fast-among-young-people/.

The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center would like to warn parents, caregivers and young adults of the dangers associated with taking any stimulant drug, and in particular those labeled as “Ecstasy” or “Molly.” It is recommended that parents begin to talk to children about the dangers of drug abuse at eight years of age. Learn more about the harmful effects of drugs at http://nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu/education/pub-ed/pp_tip_pages/Teens.html.
""Since these are not pharmaceutical preparations and are made in clandestine laboratories with no testing, accountability or quality control, the actual chemical composition of any such substance is unknown to the user. Sometimes, small changes in a drug's structure can produce dramatically new effects. In effect, the person using that substance is a guinea pig in an uncontrolled and dangerous experiment." " Dr. Steven Seifert, NM Poison Center medical director.
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