Most young people today are exposed to Ecstasy at concerts and social events, but they do not have a clue how dangerous Ecstasy is, so here are some Ecstasy drug test facts. Since Ecstasy is illegal and a Schedule 1 controlled substance, like LSD, heroin and cocaine, the penalties for having, selling or making are fines of up to $100,000 and up to life in prison depending on the amount you are arrested for possessing.
There are many dangers in taking Ecstasy. First of all, not knowing whether it is pure, young people have no idea what they might be swallowing, snorting, or injecting. Ecstasy contains a synthetic chemical called MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) which is from in the oil of a sassafras tree. Because the ingredients are difficult to come by, many substitutes are used in making the drug and there is no way to determine the toxicity of these substitutes. There are even kits sold to test the purity of the drug because impurities are so common in the manufacturing.
Ecstasy affects people differently depending on their size, weight, age, amount of use, drug tolerance, and health, which can, in turn, also affect the drug test. Young people consider it the love drug and a mood enhancer, but it is not an aphrodisiac and in fact can inhibit love making. People with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, epilepsy, or panic disorders, pregnant women, or people taking MAOIs should not take Ecstasy. Taking too much Ecstasy can cause a big rise in body temperature, blood pressure to rise, the heartbeat to race, trouble breathing, hallucinations, and even death. Death can be caused by overheating of the body, too much fluid intake, or over stimulation of the nervous system causing a brain hemorrhage or heart attack. Even taking Herbal Ecstasy is dangerous and can cause brain damage and death. It is made from ephedrine (ma huang), pseudoephedrine and caffeine from the kola nut. It is sold under the name of X, Herbal Bliss, Rave Energy and many other names.
Ecstasy may cause short-term and long-term effects. Short-term effects can include symptoms such as paranoia, depression, insomnia, anxiety and confusion. It can also cause nausea, blurred vision, fever, sweating, chills, and muscle tension. Because Ecstasy depletes serotonin long-term effects can cause memory loss, along with disruption of eating and sleeping patterns, thinking and behavior, and pain sensitivity.
There are several drug tests for Ecstasy, but the most common one is the urine test. It is less expensive, is taken locally, and can determine if the use was once or infrequent. Ecstasy can be seen in the urine for up to four days after taking it. Saliva drug tests are more accurate, but are seldom used. Drug testing by hair analysis can determine use over a long period of time, but not necessarily recent use. Blood testing for drugs is the most accurate but must be performed by a medical professional. It is not allowed in the Federal drug testing program at the present time. The best way to pass a drug test for Ecstasy is to not use the drug at all.
Several substances and conditions can cause a false positive drug test. To be sure the sample is true, the label should be checked for correctness, a hospital gown should replace street clothing, and the sample should be taken under controlled conditions. Several substances can also cause false positives, such as: over-the-counter cold medications with any type of ephedrine or phenegan, diet pills, nasal sprays, asthma medications, prescription medications with drugs like those with phentermine or amphetamines in them, and conditions such as kidney disease, kidney infections, liver disease or diabetes. Approximately four to ten percent of the drug tests return false positives.