Ecstasy (MDMA) is a synthetic drug that can cause elicit feelings of pleasure and is unique in that it has both hallucinogenic and stimulant effects. It is an illegal drug that comes in pill, tablet or capsule form and is known by various names, including: Molly, E, X, XTC, Beans and Adam. Furthermore, ecstasy alters brain chemistry, which can lead to cravings and addictions.
In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found more than 17 million persons ages 12 or older reported using MDMA at least once in their lifetimes. In addition, 92% of those who began using ecstasy would later turn to other drugs including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and heroin. Ecstasy is primarily abused by teens and young adults because it is inexpensive and easy to obtain.