LATHROP, CA – In a tragic turn of events in California’s Central Valley, two 12 year old girls and two 13 year old girls overdosed on ecstasy that was sold to them by a 14 year old boy in Lathrop, CA.
Our twenty plus years of providing ecstasy treatment as well as treatment for all other addictive substances has taught us very alarming lessons about this drug:
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Ecstasy is an incredibly dangerous street drug with potentially fatal effects but for some reason has a much less sinister reputation than other street drugs like cocaine, heroin, andcrystal meth (speed).
We wonder how many years this epidemic will continue. Ecstasy (also known as adam, molly, mdma or misspelled as extacy, xtc, ecstasy, extasy, or ecstacy) has caused many deaths and innumerable counts of brain damage – and what’s worse is that these effects can occur upon the first use.
Ecstasy is a street drug that is manufactured illegally therefore there are no regulations on its ingredients and potency. Literally, any drug can be combined with mdma (the active chemical in ecstasy) to give users the sensation of being “high.” Sometimes, the mdma itself can be bypassed and only heroin, cocaine, or speed may be in an ecstasy pill. Any substance, including rat poison or animal tranquilizer can be included in an ecstasy pill.
There is a 14-year old boy in custody who faces multiple drug charges for distributing the drug. The two twelve and two thirteen-year-old girls were students of Lathrop Elementary School and were taken to area hospitals after they imbibed the ecstasy given to them by the fourteen-year-old boy. This is from a report by a San Joaquin County sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia. The 14-year-old was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Justice Center on five counts of drug possession and three counts of selling drugs.
The ecstasy was sold at Lathrop Elementary School and during recess, which is part of Manteca Unified School District.
In a disturbing interview aired on News10.com (part of ABC), 12-year-old seventh grader Shawn Leong says he knows the girls who were taken to the hospital. Shawn said “they were freaking out and said they couldn’t feel their bodies.” What is also disturbing is that the young twelve year old stated that students “… just do this stuff because they wanna be cool, and it’s not cool. They just hurt themselves because they wanna be cool.”
More About the Dangers of Ecstasy
At our alcohol and drug treatment centers in California, we have seen many drugs come and go in and out of vogue, but ecstasy has been surprisingly popular over the last twenty years.
As stated earlier this is a very disturbing trend because the drug has for some reason earned a reputation as being less harmful than drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. However, the drug is definitely damaging and potentially deadly.
Users of ecstasy can experience a loss of their body’s ability to regulate temperature, resulting in a sharp increase in body temperature (known as hyperthermia) that leads to liver, cardiovascular, or kidney failure. Ecstasy can also result in severe dehydration or exhaustion. There are other problems that ecstasy causes like the following psychological effects:
We have noticed during our years of providing treatment for ecstasy that many of the young men and women who receive treatment for ecstasy in our addiction rehab facility will have special needs to cope with depression-like symptoms during early recovery. This is a natural part of the process that occurs as a result of depleted serotonin and reduced reserves of dopamine.
Our drug and alcohol treatment centers are available around the clock to help anyone who has questions about ecstasy or any other drug.