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Would You Spot An Ecstasy Tablet In Your Teenager’s Bag?

March 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Quiz: MDMA (Ecstasy)

I’ve been told there is no greater nightmare for parents than discovering that your teenager is using drugs. One of the most common of the party drugs, accessible to teenagers, is ecstasy.

Would you know an ecstasy tablet if you stumbled across it in your teen’s room, bag, pocket?

Knowledge is power. Take this quick quiz to find out what you need to know.

1. The scientific term for Ecstasy is __________.




2. MDMA is known as a “club drug” because __________.

A. teens take MDMA at a clubhouse

B. teens take MDMA in a big sandwich

C. teens use MDMA at all-night dance clubs

3. MDMA has __________.

A. part opiate and part inhalant properties

B. part stimulant and part hallucinogenic properties

C. part marijuana and part prescription drug properties

4. One of the slang words for MDMA is __________.

A. dumbo

B. Adam

C. noodles

5. MDMA is usually taken in a __________.

A. needle or syringe

B. patch on the skin

C. pill, tablet, or capsule

6. One of the dangers of MDMA abuse is hyperthermia, which means __________.

A. extreme overheating

B. freezing

C. losing an arm or a leg

7. MDMA is __________ in animals.

A. neurotoxic

B. hypertoxic

C. not toxic

8. MDMA use can affect ________.

A. sight and hearing

B. thought and memory

C. speech and language

9. A tablet of MDMA often includes ______________.

A. other chemicals or substances

B. added vitamins

C. artificial sweetener

10. A “hit” of MDMA can last __________.

A. all night

B. 30 minutes

C. 3 to 6 hours

The Answers:

1. A. The scientific term for Ecstasy is MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine).

2. C. MDMA is known as a “club drug” because teens and young adults typically have taken the drug at a nightclub, “rave,” or “trance” scene. “Rave” was the term used to describe dances that lasted all night long.

3. B. MDMA is part stimulant (amphetamine-like) and part hallucinogen (LSD-like).

4. B. MDMA is sometimes called “Adam.”

5. C. MDMA is usually taken by mouth, as a pill, tablet, or capsule.

6. A. One of the dangers of MDMA abuse is hyperthermia—extreme overheating— because of dehydration or loss of fluids through excessive sweating.

7. A. MDMA is neurotoxic in animals, which means it can damage the brain.

8. B. MDMA use can affect thought and memory.

9. A. Other chemicals or substances are often added to or substituted for MDMA, such as caffeine, dextromethorphan (cough syrup), and amphetamine. Makers of MDMA can add anything they want to the drug, so its purity is always questionable.

10. C. For most MDMA users, a “hit” can last 3 to 6 hours.

These materials are produced by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information, visit: NIDA for Teens Web site –

Tags: Drugs

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joe // May 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    oh my god, I only got 3/10. I definitely need to know more.

  • 2 Rebecca // Jul 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    10/10 – but knowing doesn’t help me keep my 16 yr old son away from it.

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