Ecstasy, a stimulant, makes people feel energised, happy, affectionate and awake. It is often used in nightclubs or other places where people dance and socialise for long periods of time.
What else is it called?
E, pills, MDMA. XTC, rolexs, pills, mitsubishi’s, mandy, dolphins, crystal, cowies, brownies.
What does it look like?
Pure ecstasy is a powder made of white crystals, known to chemists as MDMA. Ecstasy is usually sold on the street as tablets, although it's getting more common to see it sold as powder and called by its chemical name, MDMA, or 'crystal' Small pills, often with designs imprinted on them.
What is its legal status?
- Class A - that means they’re illegal to have, give away or sell.
- Possession can get you up to seven years in jail.
- Supplying someone else, including your friends, can get you life and an unlimited fine.
How much does it cost?
Individual pills from £2-£5. A gram of MDMA costs around £40.
What equipment do people use to take it?
Tablets are just swallowed. MDMA powder can be wrapped in cigarette papers and swallowed as ‘bombs’, or crushed and snorted.
What about dependence/addiction?
Ecstasy is not physically addictive but people can become psychologically dependent, for example when they are unable to enjoy club nights without drugs.