General Purpose: To Inform
Specific Purpose: To inform students about how this drug works.
Thesis Statement: I’m going to let you know about how even though it is being thought of as a “safe party drug” it is in actuality on of the most dangerous.
So I’m sure if any of us are planning to go to S.P.I this spring break we’ll notice people spending a little bit more than the cost of a movie ticket, to experience a drug that instead will allow us to feel free and euphoric while still giving us the energy to dance until the early hours of the morning. The drug I am talking about is ecstasy. With almost 7% of all 12thGraders having used it before, ecstasy is one of the “new” designer drugs that has actually been out since the 70’s but has recently become more popular, especially throughout the concert/club scene.
I. Overview: MDMA, how it works.
MDMA, known as ecstasy, is one of the most widely used drugs by people our age. To understand why it is such a powerful and dangerous drug allow me to explain how it works: The brain is made of billions of cells called neurons, then they pass messages to each other in the form of chemicals and electric pulses. These chemicals, called neurotransmitters, regulate our mood, emotions, sleep, and appetite. Now ecstasy works on the neurons that release the transmitter called serotonin. What MDMA does is cause neurons to flood the brain with serotonin, producing the “ecstatic” high.
II. History of Ecstasy
“Ecstasy: ‘ an overwhelming feeling of joy or rapture’; ‘an emotional or religious frenzy or trance-like state’
(Concise Oxford Dictionary, ( 9th edition 1995))
MDMA was patented in 1913 by the German chemical company Merck supposedly to be sold as a diet pill, the company decided against marketing the drug and had nothing more to do with it. An urban legend has the US army testing MDMA in 1953 as a possible truth serum, but there is no real evidence...