Common Halton Street Names: Molly / M / X / XTC / Candy
MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is a synthetic psychoactive drug, that is popularly known as ecstasy. It was originally developed by the Merck pharmaceutical company in 1912. The drug was made popular at parties and raves as it causes the user to have hallucinations, euphoria and the feeling of closeness to others.
Consuming MDMA causes a surge of serotonin (neurotransmitter), which triggers the release of oxytocin and vasopressin. This contributes to the characteristic feelings of emotional closeness and empathy. However, the surge of serotonin depletes the brain of this chemical, which causes confusion, depression, anxiety, and drug craving.
In the past, Ecstasy tablets contained MDMA as an active ingredient; however currently, it is common to see little or no MDMA in ecstasy tablets seized in Halton. The tablets have been known to contain methamphetamine, rat poison, caffeine, LSD, PCP, Ketamine, Cocaine, etc.
Not knowing the exact ingredients, or the concentration of the ingredients, presents a real danger of overdose. In addition, users may “chase” their previous high by taking more pills; which will also contribute to the risk of overdose.
- Total Seizures (Jan-Jul 2015): 1,273 grams
MDMA is usually sold in pill or powder form. The pills are commonly sold in a wide variety of bright colourful tablets. The tablets will come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The powder form generally comes in an off-white to beige colour.
MDMA is generally consumed orally in the pill form. The powder form can be diluted in a liquid (such as a water bottle) and drank. This method is dangerous due to the fact that the concentration in the liquid is unknown. Further, large amounts of liquid can be consumed quickly. The effects usually last 3 to 6 hours, but it is common for users to take a second dose in the meantime.
MDMA can cause teeth clenching. In response, users will suck on pacifiers to control the side effects.
The short term effects of MDMA include anxiety, paranoia, confusion, blurred vision and nausea. The long term effects of taking MDMA include organ damage, brain cell damage, depression and memory loss.