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MDMA-ecstasy use jumps over six times since 2010

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the number of reported MDMA abuse cases has increased from 99 in 2010 and 288 in 2011 to last year’s 623, making MDMA, known as “ecstasy,” the third most misused drug among teenagers.

The FDA warned young people against the increasingly popular drug “Molly,” which, despite killing two people in the US, seems to have acquired the reputation of being harmless.

MDMA is a second grade controlled substance in the country, the agency said. The effects include loss of appetite, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, clenching and grinding of the teeth, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, increased sweating, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. Adverse effects include hyperthermia, dehydration, excessively increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and acute renal failure.

The agency reiterated that people illegally selling ecstasy are subject to a life sentence or a minimum prison sentence of seven years and may be fined a maximum of NT$10 million (US$336,900), and those who used the drug are subject to imprisonment up to three years, in accordance with the Drug Abuse Prevention Act (毒品危害防制條例).

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