Informative Speech: Ecstacy

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Angelo Rivera Speech 100 Informative Speech: Ecstasy Introduction I would like everyone in this classroom to think to themselves how many people they know that have used or tried ecstasy. You may have even tried it yourself. According to the Partnership for Drug-Free America, the percent of teenagers that have tried ecstasy or use it for recreation doubled from 5% in 1995 to almost 10% in 2000. That makes it equal to teen usage of cocaine and LSD. I am a young adult like many of you in this classroom and enjoy having fun and dancing in clubs and parties. But ask yourself, " What could be more dangerous about a drug that makes you loving, mellow, and excited? What can it do to you mentally and physically?” Ecstasy can cause lasting brain damage and even death. Today I would like to discuss and share with you what I've learned about ecstasy. First I'll begin with some important definitions and discuss how Ecstasy is used. Next, I'll also discuss who currently takes this drug the most, and finally, the effects of this drug. I. What is Ecstasy? A. Ecstasy is classified as a psychoactive drug-possessing stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. The scientific name is 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA. This drug has many nicknames such as "Love drug", "e", "Love Doves, "Adam", and “X”. B. Ecstasy belongs to a family of drugs called “enactogens,” which literally means “touching within.”1. Other drugs in this category include MDA, MDE and MBDB. C. Ecstasy is a drug that is used mostly in clubs, at concerts and at raves, which are all night dance parties. D. According to the website, Ecstasy works by reacting with certain chemicals in the brain to produce certain feelings. It works by causing the serotonin receptors in the brain to release all
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