Some ecstasy pills are more powerful than others and could make you seriously ill, and some could be lethal. You can never be sure what’s in a pill – even if someone tells you what’s in it, they might be wrong – and you don’t know how you will react to a particular drug or particular dose. Everyone is different and ecstasy can affect people in different ways.

If you have decided you are going to take a drug, try a small amount of it first and wait at least an hour to see what the effect is before considering taking any more. Some drugs commonly found in ecstasy have a delayed effect, so you run an even greater risk of overdose if you top up too soon because it doesn't yet seem to be working.

If you have taken ecstasy, take regular breaks from activities like dancing, to cool down. Keep hydrated by sipping no more than a pint of water or non-alcoholic drink every hour.

If you've taken something and start to feel unwell, take time out to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it. If the problem doesn't improve or is getting worse, you should seek medical help. You won’t be reported to the police.

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Published: June 2016