Street Name: 'E', mitsubishi, diamonds, euros (MDMA is the chemical name)
What it looks like and how it's taken:
Tablets of different shapes, sizes and colours-often with a designer logo.
Within 20 minutes to 1 hour, increases energy and sense of well-being. Sounds, colours and emotions more intense. Lasts up to 6 hours.
Short term: Use can lead to overheating and dehydration if users dance without taking breaks or sipping non-alcoholic fluids. This can be fatal. Drinking a pint of liquid every hour and eating a salty snack from time to time are advised. Users can feel tired and depressed for a few days after use.
Long term: Ecstasy use has been linked to mental health problems, and liver, kidney and brain damage.
Legal status: Class A