What is ecstasy or MDMA? What are the effects of ecstasy? Can ecstasy kill you?
In 2009, over 1 million Americans used ecstasy for the first time--perhaps because they are under the false perception that it is a relatively "safe" drug. But ecstasy can be an extremely dangerous drug. One of the reasons it is so dangerous is that over 65% of pills sold as MDMA actually contain no MDMA at all. So what you think you're getting as ecstasy might not actually be ecstasy at all. Often what is sold as ecstasy is actually a mix of any number of drugs including meth, PCP, cocaine GHB or just Ibuprofen or caffeine.
Because of this uncertainty as to the actual contents of ecstasy pills, Dr. Grop, a director of psychiatry at the UCLA Medical Center says, "When somebody tells me they've taken Ecstasy these days, I have no idea what they've taken."