Ecstasy is an illegal drug, often referred to as this decade’s version of LSD and is, according to some of its users “the hottest drug going now.” It’s also one of the deadliest. While Ecstasy is most often associated with large open-to-the-public teen dance parties–or “raves”–federal officials say the drug also known as MDMA (and most commonly called “X” on the street) is so readily available that teens can easily buy it on the street or even on their school’s campus.
A recent survey of teens conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that one in four who were questioned said they had a friend or classmate whom they knew had used Ecstasy, and 17% said they knew more than one user.
Some of the slang terms for Ecstasy include:
- Hug Drug
- Love drug
- Scooby snacks
Adding to the already existing dangerous potentials of Ecstasy use is the fact that, increasingly, other drugs altogether are being passed off as Ecstasy and that Ecstasy pills are sold heavily laced with other dangerous drugs such as PCP.
“When somebody tells me they’ve taken Ecstasy these days, I have no idea what they’ve taken,” says Dr. Grob, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Grob, who conducted the first Food and Drug Administration-approved study of MDMA’s effects in the mid-90’s, says the growing furor surrounding the illegal use and abuse of the drug has overshadowed its potential as a legitimate, professionally monitored psychiatric treatment for such ailments as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).