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MDMA (or N-Methyl-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine) has a lot of very cool, very hip names, but anyone who uses it refuses to call it for what it really is... an extraordinarily dangerous and illegal drug.

Ecstasy is a synthetic, psychoactive drug similar chemically to methamphetamine and mescaline.  Ecstasy was not a controlled substance until 1985, but today it is the hottest "Club Drug".

Warning signs for drug and alcohol abuse in children

Speed kills...

Crystal meth is designed to give you a rush (speed) and to "crank" up your feelings and make you come to life.  It will certainly do all this, but it carries a heavy downside in that it is extremely addictive - and can actually kill the user.  When this methamphetamine wears off, it causes acute withdrawal that is more intense than cocaine.  Addiction recovery to crystal meth is possible, but like any drug or substance addiction, nothing works until the user is ready to admit they have a problem and is willing to undergo treatment.  Drug Rehab San Diego

Prepare yourself - protect your children

Make sure your children have appropriate information about meth, alcohol and other harmful and illegal drugs.  This site was designed to give you a starting point to research the data and arm yourself with the facts you need to talk with your kids.  Too many parents wait until their children are in trouble with drugs before coaching their kids about drugs.  More often than not - by then it could be too late!

Start a dialog with your children before a problem can develop.  Due to the glamorization of drugs from the media, pop music and their peers, children as young as early grade-schoolers will have some knowledge of the illegal or "recreational" drug scene.  Statistics prove that kids as young as 12 experiment with illegal drugs.  That is why it is so vitally important that you begin to talk to your children at an early age.  They need to know, and be reminded of your position on drugs and that it is wrong and will not be tolerated. 

If a problem occurs and becomes too difficult for you to manage, get professional help.  More often than not, experienced counselors who work with substance abuse issues can help restore communication between you and your child.  Go here to read about rehab and recovery treatment facilities and programs for substance addictions.

Drug epidemic

According to the Naional Institute on Drug Abuse (in 2003) an estimated 470,000 people in the U.S. age 12 and older used MDMA in just the past 30 days.  In addition, ecstasy tablets are appallingly impure, often containing other harmful chemicals.

Problems similar to cocaine

Parents, the Anti-Drug website states that many problems users encounter with MDMA are similar to those found with the use of amphetamines and cocaine.  MDMA is also related in structure and effects to methamphetamine, which has been shown to cause degeneration of neurons containing the neurotransmitter dopamine.

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