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MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)

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3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). It is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception. Learn more

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of MDMA for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2015 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
MDMA Lifetime 2.30 [3.80] [5.90]
Past Year 1.40 [2.40] [3.60]
Past Month 0.50 0.90 1.10

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of MDMA for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2015 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period Ages 12 or Older Ages 12 to 17 Ages 18 to 25 Ages 26 or Older
MDMA Lifetime 6.80 1.40 13.10 6.50
Past Year 1.00 0.80 4.10 0.50
Past Month 0.20 0.10 0.90 0.10

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