Ecstasy is an aspect of youth culture that is becoming too widespread. Following alcohol and marijuana use, ecstasy is the third most common drug used by Canadian youth aged 12-18 years. The age at which youth first tend to experiment with ecstasy is between 16 to 23 years old. However, the highest rate of use tends to occur among those 18 to 25 years of age. There are various problems associated with ecstasy use, one of which results in extreme physical distress to the body from highly toxic chemicals added to the drug. From 2010 to 2012, there were at least 22 deaths in BC and Alberta caused by PMMA in pills sold as ‘ecstasy’. Through grant funding from the BC Ministry of Justice, the Burnaby RCMP, Burnaby School District, and the University of the Fraser Valley (Centre for Safe Schools) partnered to produce fact-based information for youth and adults to accompany a youth-led drama production for educating students and adults about the risks associated with ecstasy use.
To view ‘The Party is Over’ youth brochure, click here
To view the ‘Information Guide for Adults and Youth Workers’, click here
To view a news article about the student drama, click here