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  • 1. Ecstasy Anastasia King Allie Williams Ciera Meggann
  • 2. The Truth About Ecstasy • Since the 1980s the drug that was first developed in Germany, Ecstasy (MDMA), has been one of the most popular stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens of all time. • To this day it has also been labeled as one of the most dangerous drugs out there. In fact it is ranked as the 8th most dangerous drug from 1 to 10 (ten being the highest).
  • 3. Percentage of Ecstasy Use in 2012 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 8th-Graders 10th-Graders 12th-Graders Males Females
  • 4. Percent of Students Who Were Users 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year 2009 Year 2010 Year 2011 Year 2012 8th-Grade 10th-Grade 12th-Grade
  • 5. Percentage of Reported Cases of Teenage Emergency Visits from Ecstasy Use Northeast Midwest West South 16.1 % 18.5 % 31.4% 34.0%
  • 6. Symptoms & Side - Effects • Anxiety • Paranoia • Depression • Irritability • Fatigue • Trouble Focusing/Concentrating • Dizziness/Lightheadedness • Trouble Sleeping • Muscle Pain/Aching • Joint Pain/Aching • Exhaustion • Jaw Soreness • Floating Sensations • Vomiting • High Body Temperature • Increased Heartbeat • Hallucinations • Convulsions
  • 7. Effects of Ecstasy on the Mind • Ecstasy has been known to destroy serotonin axons. • This leads to the obliteration of brain neurons, which causes you to become incapable of regulating your emotions, developing a loss of appetite, and the ability to sleep. • A study was done involving monkeys and how much ecstasy's neurotoxicity actually effects the brain. • Picture A shows a normal monkey’s serotonin axons. • Picture B shows a monkey’s serotonin axons that has been injected with doses of ecstasy. Serotonin Axons = Sends signals to the brain A.K.A “Communication Cables” Brain Neurons = Brain cells
  • 8. Effects of Ecstasy on the Body • Depression = A serious medical condition where a person feels sad, unloved, hopeless, and unimportant. This causes them to be unable to live normally. • Hyperthermia = Very high fever • Brain Damage = Injury to the brain that impairs the brains functions permanently. • Kidney Failure = When the kidneys are unable to excrete waste. • Hyponatremia = Dangerously low sodium in the blood, usually connected with dehydration.
  • 9. Effects of Ecstasy on Relationships • Frustration and Stress (Disagreements over ecstasy can cause families and friends to argue which can lead to personnel issues) • Legal and Health Issues ( Places tension on financial, work, and other responsibilities)
  • 10. Effects of Ecstasy on Academic Performance • Students who are users of Ecstasy are incapable of concentrating in school, they are exhausted, and feel very uncomfortable. • In some cases students are depressed and unable to complete their work. • These things will lead to students failing.
  • 11. Tiny Pill, but a BIG Deal !
  • 12. If you know anyone or even if you are struggling with an addiction to Ecstasy or any drug please don’t hesitate to call 1-866-597-6632
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