Ecstasy: preventing and reducing harms
Ecstasy is commonly taken at dance or “rave” parties and nightclubs. In these environments, people taking ecstasy may be more likely to engage in energetic dancing which can raise body temperature to dangerous levels. It is therefore advisable to take regular breaks to cool down and drink about 500ml of water per hour.
Drinking too much water while taking ecstasy is also dangerous, as deaths have occurred from dilutional hyponatremia—a condition whereby a person’s brain swells from drinking too much water, inducing a coma.
Last Reviewed: 30/06/2012
Australian Drug Foundation
Australian Drug Foundation. Ecstasy facts. Last updated 30 June 2012. http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/drug-facts/ecstasy (accessed Jan 2013).
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