Many MDMA (also called Ecstasy or Molly) abusers do not realize the seriousness or the danger of a possible overdose on the drug. MDMA can cause hazardous and even deadly overdose symptoms, and there have been deaths associated with this issue, especially with those who are at a nightclub or another overly warm place. Here are the signs of MDMA overdose you can't afford to miss.
How Can MDMA Overdose Be Deadly?
According to the NIDA Teen, "MDMA can cause problems with the body's ability to regulate temperature, particularly when it is used in active, hot settings (like dance parties or concerts)." This is one of the ways that MDMA was used most prevalently in recent times, especially at extremely long parties called raves. The use of MDMA in these types of high-temperature situations "can lead to a sharp rise in body temperature (known as hyperthermia), which can cause liver, kidney, or heart failure or even death."
Taking MDMA can be dangerous, especially based on where one takes it and how much one takes. If the person does not replenish their fluids by drinking water, they could possibly die, making it extremely important to know the signs of MDMA overdose.
As stated by the NIDA Teen, "High levels of the drug in the bloodstream can increase the risk for seizures and affect the heart's ability to beat normally." These issues are extremely dangerous as well and can be noticed by certain signs such as:
- An Irregular or Increased Heartbeat
- Jerking Movements of Limbs
- Severe Muscle Tension
These issues are important to note, but most overdose deaths occur from increased body temperature and the loss of fluids. As stated by CESAR, "Dehydration and heat exhaustion are the two biggest dangers when under the influence of MDMA." These can occur when a person takes too much of the drug and does not realize what is happening to their body.
Signs of Dehydration
- Intense Thirst
- Heart Palpitations
- Dry Mouth
- Tongue Swelling to More than its Usual Size
- The Individual no Longer Sweats
All of these are strong signs of a very dangerous case of dehydration which can be deadly. Signs of heat exhaustion are:
- Redness of Face and Neck or Extremely Pale Skin
- No Urine or Dark Urine
- Fast Heart Beat
- Muscle Cramps
According to the DEA, " Because MDMA can interfere with its own metabolism (that is, its break down within the body), potentially harmful levels can be reached by repeated drug use within short intervals." This is how overdose from MDMA can come on so fast. If you are a user of MDMA or know someone who is, it is extremely necessary that you know the signs of MDMA overdose, dehydration, and heat exhaustion. These issues can cause severe organ failure and even death which come on extremely quickly because of the way MDMA affects the body.