Ecstacy is a synthetic drug in the amphetamine family that, according to some users, produces an initial state of disorientation followed by a rush and then a mellow, sociable feeling.  Ecstacy is chemically called 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine which is similar to two other synthetic drugs: MDA and methamphetaine.  Ecstacy is also referred to as “MDMA,” “ADAM,” “Essence,” and “X-TC” on the street.  Ecstacy and other depressant substitutes cause nausea, blurred vision, chills or sweating, and fainting.  Psychological effects include anxiety, depression, and paranoia.


Text Box: Street Names:
Love Drug

Possible Symptoms
Of Designer Drugs:

Psychological Symptoms:
(Chronic high doses.)

Similar to those found with the use of amphetamines and cocaine.
·	Confusion
·	Depression
·	Sleep problems
·	Drug craving
·	Relaxed inhibitions
·	Impaired ability to divide attention
·	Some psychotic episodes

Physical Symptoms:
(Chronic high doses.)

·	Nausea
·	Muscle tension
·	Blurred vision
·	Fainting
·	Chills
·	Sweating
·	Vomiting
·	Impaired judgment and concentration
·	Impaired vision and coordination
·	Slurred, mumbled and incoherent speech
·	Splitting headaches

What are the effects of ecstacy?

Ecstacy is a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug with amphetamine-like properties.  Many of the problems users encounter are similar to those found with the use of methamphetamine and cocaine.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has reproduced MDMA to help qualified researchers conduct studies on the drug’s long-term affects and abuse potential.  Some scientists suspect that ecstacy is neurotoxic.  MDMA destroys nerve cells of the brain that regulate:

     · Aggression

     · Mood

     · Sexual activity

     · Sleep

     · Sensitivity to pain


What are designer drugs?

Illegal drugs are defined in terms of their chemical formulas.  To get around these legal restrictions, underground chemists modify the molecular structure of certain illegal drugs to produce analogs known as designer drugs.  The federal government has passed certain analog laws that control all chemicals that are substantially similar to a controlled drug.  When law enforcement observes a pattern of usage of any designer drug, laws are passed to halt their use.  The most common types of designer drug analogs are: phencyclidine (PCP), fentanyl and meperidine (both synthetic narcotic analgesics), amphetamine and methamphetamine (which have hallucinogenic and stimulant properties).  These drugs can be several hundreds times stronger than the drugs they are designed to imitate and produce much more toxic effects.  As little as one dose can cause brain damage.



Text Box: “China White” is a street name for a fentanyl analog.  Fentanyl is a drug used in over 70% of the surgical procedures performed in the United States as a pre-anesthetic analgesic.  Fentanyl is one of fur known types of analogs.  “China White” is structurally similar to heroin or morphine but may be far more potent.  It can create addiction similar to the opiate narcotics, and presents a significant drug abuse problem because of the potential for overdose.  Other street names for “China White” or similar analogs are “synthetic heroin” and “new heroin.”





What are some other types of analogs?




Reference Material:

·        National Drug & Safety League (A non-profit charitable organization).

·        Drug Recognition Evaluator Training Material (California Highway Patrol)