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As summer outdoor music festival season heats up, so does the risk of overdoses of party drugs like "Molly" and Ecstasy. Molly might still be a mystery to some, but millions are believed to have used one form of it, experts say. Here are five crucial questions about what may sound like a harmless drug — but a substance with possibly life-threatening side effects.
Many people have heard of the drug ecstasy. It's synthetic and, at least in the lab, it's known as MDMA, short for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Ecstasy gained popularity at nightclubs in s and '90s. The pills gave users the euphoric high of amphetamines and the psychedelic effects of hallucinogens. Molly, experts say, contains all MDMA in a crystalline powder contained in a capsule. Related: What is Fentanyl? Ecstasy has long been a common party drug.
But experts say it is far from benign. The drug can be adulterated with other chemicals like bath salts, a relatively new synthetic powder that often contains amphetamine-like chemicals. Emergency room visits among people 21 and older who used ecstasy increased by percent from to — reaching an annual total of 10, cases, according to recent federal figures.
There is also a higher association of abuse when ecstasy is used with alcohol, experts said.
The illegal drug can cause symptoms like dehydration or a dangerous increase in body temperature, which can lead to kidney failure. Doering said he has seen overdose cases with body temperatures of degrees. Bad side effects like anxiety and confusion can last about to a week or longer after using the drug. Studies show that long-term, heavy MDMA users suffer cognitive deficits, including problems with memory.
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