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Commonly referred to as ecstasy, MDMA is a mind-altering drug with hallucinogenic and stimulant-type affects. Ecstasy has become popular over the last decade as a "club drug" being used at raves and underground parties as well as on the streets. People who use ecstasy enjoy the heightened sense of feeling, pleasure and euphoria the drug produces. Ecstasy affects the user in a number of different ways and can cause depression, confusion, paranoia and anxiety. These effects can take place while a person is using the drug or even weeks after use.

Peoples' bodies react negatively to ecstasy many people experiencing an increase in heart rate, muscle and jaw tension, nausea, fatigue and excessive sweating. Habitual users of ecstasy or people who have adverse affects to the drug can also be in danger of long term brain damage to the part of the brain responsible for critical thinking and memory. People who use ecstasy are at high risk for permanent brain damage. Ecstasy is most commonly used among teenagers and young adults and is most commonly available in larger cities and metropolitan areas. Long-term effects can also include liver damage and a tendency towards problems such as Parkinson's disease and paralysis later in life.

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