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forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.” That is how the drug received its first name, Adam (Alvergue 14-15). In the 1980’s some drug manufacturers heard about the drug and its euphoric affects and they began producing the drug. The manufacturers introduced the drug in a few Texas bars. The bars would give the drug with the alcohol they sold. Soon the demand for ecstasy grew and the supply grew with it. Then in 1985, MDMA was classified as a Schedule I drug. A Schedule I drugs is a drug that can be highly abused and has no medical use, much like heroin and LSD (Alvergue 15). That year the United States then made the selling, possession and making of ecstasy illegal (Clayton 16). Ecstasy begins to affect a person within thirty minutes to an hour and the “roll,” or

high, can last up to six hours. It can affect someone in many different ways, but the most common side effects include such things as nausea, vomiting, dehydration, hallucination, double vision and the shakes. It can also cause rapid changes in one’s blond pressure and heart rate. Clenching of the teeth is often experienced during the high, which explains the reason for the pacifiers and hard candy that pill-takers carry around with them. After the high wears off the person becomes exhausted and depressed. They become very apathetic and this state of being can last from days to weeks after the high (Clayton 18). The reason why people are very affectionate and open while on the drug, like in the situation described earlier, is because of the way the brain handles the drug. MDMA

increases the amount of serotin that your brain produces. Serotin is a chemical that regulates your mood and it triggers feelings of love and excitement. Normally, when the brain produces serotin, it is produced, used and stored quickly. When a person takes ecstasy, their brain over produces the chemical and forces the brain to have that “feel-good” high for as long as six hours. The drug prevents the serotin from returning to storage. After the six hour high the serotin leaves, the “feel-good” high is gone and now the person will feel tired, depressed, and unable to focus (Alvergue 27). Some tests have proven that after taking MDMA, the brain does not produce the same amount of serotin as it would before having taken MDMA. Test showed that the levels are generally lower

than that of a person who has never taken ecstasy (Cloud, et al). It’s pretty safe to say that with any illegal drug there will always be dangers. Some people have actually died of heart attacks and strokes after taking ecstasy (Clayton 18). If someone overdoses on ecstasy or takes more than their body can handle it can cause them to continuously vomit, hyperventilate or pass out. The most common reasons for death or complications from taking ecstasy are over heating or heatstroke. MDMA increases a person’s body temperature. When a person takes ecstasy they are able to dance for a longer period of time, causing their body temperature to rise. Combine the rising temperature from dancing and the rising temperature from the drug itself and you get serious implications. There are

other dangers, however, caused by ecstasy. Because ecstasy heightens emotions and allows a person to be more amiable than normal, these feelings can cause a person to act out intimate actions with a total stranger. Even worse, someone can take advantage of a person who has taken a pill, which can possibly lead to STD’s (Alvergue 38-41). Of course, the more obvious danger to doing ecstasy is jail time. Since it is illegal to posses, sell or take the drug. If you get caught with one of these little pills, you can get arrested. Since 1997 the government has been trying to put a stop to the distribution of ecstasy. Although more and more people use the drug, the government has been slowing down the distribution of the drug. In 1997 a mere 400,000 pills were confiscated. In 2000,

9.3 million pills were confiscated (Ragavan). The reason for the increase in confiscated pills may be because of a higher supply, but the government has also found other means of stopping the drugs distribution. For example, some local governments have shut down many clubs where the drug is often sold. Perhaps if people were more educated on the effects of the drug- physical, mental, or social- maybe there wouldn’t be such a high usage of it. Just knowing that there can be unknown drugs within that drugs is enough to make someone stop and think. If our friend from before had been educated about the drug that was being offered to him/her, maybe he/she would be able to answer a quick “No” when asked: “Wanna roll with me?” Bibliography Alvergue, Anne. Ecstasy: The Danger