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Substance misuse

What is “MDMA”/”Ecstasy”?

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Substance misuse is an issue which cuts across our organisation and we have worked with frontline staff at Surrey Young People’s Substance Misuse to produce downloadable resources that anyone working with young people, or who would like to know more about emerging trends, can download, print off and share.

MDMA is the official chemical name for the pure chemical compound. 3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine or more commonly known as Ecstasy (E), it is a psychoactive drug. Ecstasy pills are swallowed and come in different shapes, colours and sizes and are often imprinted with a picture or symbols, but they it can also come in the form of capsules, powder or crystal.

MDMA/Ecstasy may commonly be called: ‘Molly’, ‘Mandy’, ‘Pills’, ‘XTC’, ‘Beans’ or ‘Doves’


  • MDMA/Ecstasy is a class A controlled Substance, which means it is illegal to buy or supply. If you are caught, you could be sentenced to 7 years for possession, or up to life in prison for supplying the drug.
  • The drug can push up your body temperature to what could be life threatening levels, which is made worse by hot clubs and dancing. MDMA-related deaths are often due to heatstroke, heart failure or drinking too little or too much water.
  • Tablets contain varying amounts/strengths; some are drug mixes or could be fake. Drug dealers will often mix with other substances to make it cheaper to produce and increase the dealer’s profits. Regardless of what it looks like or what it is called, you cannot be sure what is in a pill or a powder and you cannot predict how you will react.

If you have used MDMA and you’re feeling unwell or notice someone else is unwell whilst using, after using or after stopping using MDMA, then seek medical attention urgently. Contact 111 for urgent medical advice or 999 in an emergency.