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Drug factfile

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MDMA (ecstasy)

MDMA (ecstasy)

MDMA, a stimulant, makes people feel energised, happy, affectionate and awake. It can be taken in a pure crystalline form but is often taken in pill form when it is known as ecstasy. Ecstasy is widely used in clubs and at parties and raves, or other places where people dance and socialise for long periods of time.

What else is it called?

E, pills, mandy, molly, mud

What does it look like?

Ecstasy comes in the form of small pills, often with designs imprinted on them. MDMA appears as fine off-white crystals.

What is its legal status?

Class A

How much does it cost?

Individual pills around £2-£5. A gram of MDMA costs around £40.

What equipment do people use to take it?

Tablets are just swallowed. MDMA crystals can be dabbed, wrapped in cigarette papers and swallowed as ‘bombs’, or crushed and snorted.

What about dependence/addiction?

MDMA is not physically addictive but people can become psychologically dependent, for example when they are unable to enjoy club nights without drugs.