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"). It can be very risky to use these substances.
Because of the risks involved in 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.