MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) Event Toolkit

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If you are interested in an event that focuses primarily on MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), here are links to resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and others.

MDMA tablets in various colors.Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/CC0

The manmade “club drug” MDMA—which is also popular in the nightclub scene, “raves” (all-night dance parties), music festivals, and concerts—produces energizing effects similar to amphetamines, as well as psychedelic effects, similar to the hallucinogens mescaline and LSD. MDMA is also known as Adam, Beans, Clarity, E, Ecstasy, Hug, Love drug, Lover’s speed, Molly, X, XTC, and other local slang terms. Despite some promising signs that MDMA use is at its lowest point in teens according to NIDA’s 2016 Monitoring the Future survey, the drug can still be fatal and can pop up unexpectedly in some communities. 

MDMA can cause problems with the body’s ability to control temperature, especially when it is used in overheated settings, such as dance parties or concerts. This can even lead to a sharp rise in body temperature (known as hyperthermia), which can cause liver, kidney, heart failure, and even death.

Most people are not aware that pills, capsules, or powders sold as Ecstasy and supposedly "pure" Molly, may contain other drugs, instead of or in addition to, MDMA. Molly is often promoted as “pure” MDMA, but samples seized by the police contain additives, such as cocaine, ketamine, methamphetamine, over-the-counter cough medicine, or synthetic cathinones ("bath salts"). These substances may be extremely dangerous if the people do not know what they are taking.

With the danger of mixing MDMA with other drugs, as well as the popularity in nightclubs and bars, teens should be educated on the health effects of MDMA. If your community is interested in holding a MDMA-focused event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, we have resources to assist you in planning your event.

Find an Expert: If you choose to have a MDMA expert at your event, use these tips for finding the right person: Adult Advisors and Sponsors for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®.

Federal Resources

Research and Statistics

Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF)

Multimedia and Interactive Resources

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