Ecstasy (MDMA) is a synthetic amphetamine derivative and is considered a party drug that can be found at “rave parties.” Under the name MDMA, short for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, the drug made a brief appearance during the ‘60s, then moved quietly underground only to emerge again in the ‘80s as ecstasy (also known as: xtc, X, E, and Adam).

The long-term impact on the brain is still being studied but it is known to affect memory function and may cause permanent brain damage. Users also often overheat, or if they are warned about this effect and told to drink lots of water, they may actually drink too much water, leading to a condition known as water intoxication or water poisoning. This excess water distorts the electrolyte balance in the body, which can cause disturbance in brain functions that may even cause death.