What is ecstasy?

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Insurance agent Don Bullard was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver ecstasy and destroying evidence.  He's accused of supplying the drug known as "x" to students at UNCW.

One of the tiny ecstasy pills can make a user feel like a million bucks.  The drug, which is combination of a hallucinogen and a stimulant, became popular in the early 2000's.

"It increases a lot of neurotransmitters in the brain and gives people a very good feeling and a very positive glow," said Rebecca Caldwell with UNCW's substance abuse and violence prevention program.

According to Caldwell, more people on campus and in the community have been using ecstasy in the past 12-18 months.

A study conducted on UNCW's campus shows during a thirty day period, less than 1 percent of the student population tried the drug, while in 2008, 4 percent of the student body had tried ecstasy.

One student said he's watched friends take the drug, but agrees with the university's findings.

"I think it's a big deal when anybody does it, but I don't think there is a large population of students doing it," said Kendall Mercer.  "It's kind a harder drug.  I'm sure a lot of people have done it before, but I don't think a lot of students do it on a frequent basis."

Other students say they've been educated about ecstasy's significant side effects.

"Intense depression the next day, your body kind of goes in withdraw, from what I understand," said Amanda Sumpter.  "People aren't very happy after you take it.  It's almost like you see all your happiness on the drug and a day later you're a complete mess."


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