Ride for Kids
The WHL Ride for Kids rolled through Swift Current in support of the Children’s Hospital
Swift Current & District Drug Task Force What is Ecstasy? Ecstasy is a man-made drug. It is a combination of chemicals made in illegal drug labs and it is a hallucinogen that is similar to amphetamines. Ecstasy is also called E, XTC, Adam, Euphoria, X, MDM and Love Doves.
What does it look like?
Ecstasy is typically sold in pill form and is generally designed with a logo on it (e.g. Nike swoosh, mickey mouse, etc.) and can be sold in a variety of colors. Typically it appears almost “candy like.” It can also be sold in gel capsules or in powder form, which is snorted or dissolved and injected. What happens when you take Ecstasy?
About 20 to 40 minutes after taking ecstasy, people will feel a high that can last anywhere from four to six hours. Ecstasy can
also make someone feel tipsy, like they are a little drunk.
People may feel trusting, loving and warm towards others. People may feel that they are experiencing spiritual insights.
Ecstasy also makes sensations (especially touch) stronger.
It’s important to note that these experiences can vary dramatically from person to person as it depends on the dosage taken and what is actually in the “E.”
Why is it popular?
“E” tends to see ebbs and flows as with other hallucinogens such as LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) and Mushrooms(Psilocybin mushrooms). When “E” is available it tends to attract young people because of the euphoria that is created and the duration of the high. In addition it is generally cheaper than other drugs costing about $5-10 per pill.
Why is it dangerous?
One reason Ecstasy can be especially dangerous is the lack of content control. Ingredients are hard to get and manufacturers of the drug often use substitutes, mixing other harmful additives with the already dangerous mix. Because of the uncertainties about the drug sources, pharmacological agents, chemicals used to manufacture them, and possible contaminants, it is difficult to measure the toxicity, consequences and symptoms that might be expected.
Some other side effects include jaw clenching, anxiety, full-blown panic attacks, blurred vision, vomiting, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate, depression and crankiness. These effects can last for several days. Signs of Ecstasy use in teenagers: • Rapid eye movement; • Hallucinations; • Tension in the muscles; • Nausea; • Euphoria; • Changed sleeping patterns; • Sweating and chills; • Fixation on sounds or sights;
• Teeth grinding or clenching; Increase in inhibition;
• Drug effect enhancing paraphernalia such as lollipops, pacifiers, surgical masks or menthol vapor rub;
• Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed;
• Side effects such as depression, paranoia or anxiety; • Decline in school grades. Warning Signs of Overdose • Feeling hot or unwell; • Becoming confused, not able to talk properly; • Headache; • Vomiting; • Not Sweating; • Racing heart or pulse when resting;
• Fainting or collapsing;â ¨• Loss of control over body movements;
• Tremors; Problems Urinating.