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The designer drug Ecstasy, also known as E, X, or XTC, has made headlines in Hartford due to its proliferation at rave parties held at dance clubs in the city.
Here are some of the things you should know about this drug if you've considered taking it or if you're a parent concerned about your children.
It's the "street" name for MDMA, or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a "mood elevator" that produces an euphoric state without hallucinations.
MDMA was first synthesized in 1914.
Ecstasy became illegal in 1985. The recent shutdown of three dance clubs in Hartford shows that law enforcement officials are serious about cracking down on the use and sale of this illegal drug.
Ecstasy comes in a pill form, and, because it is not a regulated substance, it often contains other drugs besides MDMA, some of which are more dangerous. Ecstasy tablets can vary widely in strength.
It can lead to compulsive behavior, and its effects diminish with continued regular use.
Because of its ability to lift the user's mood, consumption of Ecstasy can delay individuals from seeking the proper treatment for Depression. Some people experience more intense Depression after taking Ecstasy.
There have been some deaths associated with Ecstasy. Many have resulted from heat stroke brought on by extended periods of dancing without replenishing body fluids. Other dangers may include liver damage, irregular heartbeat, decreased memory and learning ability. Two deaths were recently linked to Hartford's club scene and Ecstasy use.
There is increased risk of an adverse reaction when you mix Ecstasy with alcohol or other drugs.
Side effects can include dilated pupils, blurred vision, rapid eye movement, dry mouth and throat, faintness, nervousness, chills, sweating, high blood pressure, and muscular tension.
It sells for $20 to $30 per tablet on the street.
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