Addiction: A chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use.
Adulterant: A substance, either a biologically active material such as another drug or an inert material, added to a drug when it is formed into a tablet or capsule.
Cardiovascular system: The heart and blood vessels.
Dopamine: A neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, motivation, and the feeling of pleasure.
Ecstasy: Common street name for MDMA.
Gastrointestinal system: The stomach and intestines.
Hyperthermia: A potentially dangerous rise in body temperature.
MDMA: Common chemical name for 3,4-methlyenedioxymethamphetamine.
Neurotransmitter: A chemical that acts as a messenger to carry signals or information from one nerve cell to another.
Norepinephrine: A neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that affect heart rate and blood pressure.
Serotonin: A neurotransmitter used in widespread parts of the brain, which is involved in sleep, movement and emotions
Tolerance: A decrease in the effect of a drug that occurs with repeated administration.
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NIDA. (2006, March 1). MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/mdma-ecstasy-abuse
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