A 19-year-old beautician who died after taking Ecstasy on a night out has been identified as Lauren Atkinson. She was found dead after taking the party drug during an all-night rave with girlfriends in Manchester, United Kingdom. Paramedics tried to resuscitate the teenager but was she was pronounced dead at the scene. Four people have since been arrested by police investigating Lauren's death.
Shocked Friends have said they would do anything to 'go back in time' to prevent their friend taking the drug.
Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a substituted amphetamine drug also known as MDMA. This is a synthetic chemical, with complex effects that mimic both methamphetamine
The drug is known by many names including:
Ecstasy came under scrutiny in 1985 when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) banned its use due to its potential as an agent of brain damage. Today, it remains on the list of drugs prohibited from sale or use.
SHORT-TERM EFFECTS OF ECSTASY
False sense of affection
Faintness and chills or swelling
Involuntary teeth clenching
LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF ECSTASY (MDMA)
Long-lasting brain damage affecting thought and memory
Damage to portions of the brain that regulate critical functions such as learning, sleep and emotion
It is as if the brain switchboard was torn apart, then rewired backwards
Degenerated nerve branches and nerve endings
Depression, anxiety, memory loss