Ride for Kids

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - This ar­ti­cle was pro­vided by the Harm Re­duc­tion Pil­lar, Swift Cur­rent & District Drug Task Force.

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.

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