The wholesale cost of Ecstasy in Georgia varies between $3 and $15 per pill and the retail price varies between $8 (Atlanta) and $25 (Savannah). Ecstasy is readily available in Atlanta’s nightclubs, “Rave” parties, and concerts that target the younger population.
Another concern to Delaware law enforcement officials is the availability of various drugs to teenagers and young adults during the summer months at Rehoboth Beach. It has come to light recently that the influx of visitors to this beach community in Delaware during the summer results in increased availability of methamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy).
The popularity of MDMA/Ecstasy has slipped in Connecticut, even among college-age individuals residing in there. MDMA is transported from Florida and Mexico via mail services to Connecticut. MDMA is also purchased in New York or Canada and transported to Connecticut.
Ecstasy elevates serotonin levels in the brain, thus causing hallucinations, decreasing appetite, and increasing body temperature. Ecstasy has been shown to damage brain cells, specifically neurons releasing serotonin. Chronic use may also lead to chronic mood instability, cognitive impairment, increased impulsivity, or psychosis. Withdrawal symptoms have not been reported.
The total number of drug users in the world is now estimated at some 200 million people, equivalent to about 5 percent of the global population age 15-64.
GHB is simple sodium (or potassium) salt of 4-gamma-hydroxybutyric acid. GHB is not listed in any schedule of the Controlled Substances Act. The forms of use are tablets, white powder, or dissolved in water or other liquids.
Nowadays the term “Ecstasy” describes the phenomenon of using drugs and street products or herbal products (such as “herbal ecstasy”) taking the form of tablets or capsules predominantly containing one or more (or combinations) psychotropic active agents derived from the ß-phenethylamine group (commonly designated amphetamine derivatives, including amphetamine/methamphetamine).
Amphetamines: Amphetamines are 1-phenyl-2-propylamine compounds which are colorless. Amphetamines occur as volatile liquids. They are a class of drugs used as stimulants of the central nervous system. In the 1920s Amphetamines were used most widely, in the US for medical reasons, essentially to treat depression and obesity. In 1914 Amphetamines were used in Germany as appetite suppressants. They became available in Australia (illicitly) in the mid-1980s. Ecstasy (MDMA) is a variant of Amphetamines. It was first developed to suppress appetite and subsequently found to have stimulating effects.