If you are interested in an event or promotional activity that focuses primarily on MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), here are links to resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and others.
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 in teens remains steady according to NIDA’s 2019 Monitoring the Future survey, past month LSD use among sophomores and seniors showed highest levels since 2000.
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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.
NOTE: All resources are from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and available online only unless otherwise indicated.
- Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (can be ordered)
- Mind Matters: Drugs and the Brain (can be ordered)
- Drug Facts for Teens: MDMA
- Drug Facts for Adults: What is MDMA
Additional Resources: NIDA for Teens Blogs
Materials, including booklets and educational posters, can be ordered directly from the NIDA clearinghouse in advance of your NDAFW event. To ensure materials arrive in time, please order them no later than 2 weeks prior to your event or activity.
Promoting your young adult focused event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® has never been easier! NIDA’s Promote with Online Toolkit section has everything you need to generate buzz for your event. And for help planning your event, visit NIDA’s 5 Steps to Hosting an NDAFW Event and the Get Activity Ideas & Toolkits page. NDAFW 2021 will be March 22-28.
Find an Expert: If you choose to have a alcohol expert at your event or promotional activity, use these tips for finding the right person: Adult Advisors and Sponsors for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®.
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