The drug Ecstasy has played many parts since its creation in 1912.

For parents, it has been a terror.

For lawmakers, it has been a scourge.

For young people curious about the drug, it's become a path to another world -- though one not without its own perils.

" ... first the enjoyment, the enthusiasm, the touching of paradise, followed sharply by the fall into a paranoid oblivion."

To find information about the drug's effects, dangers and to hear user experiences, click any part of the story on the left.

To learn about several terms used commonly among Ecstasy users, click on the glossary.

To see pictures of the drug in pill form and see visitors of the Ultra Music Festival, click on the photo gallery.

To read one user's experience during a weekend, click on the narrative.



Story and code by Drew Harwell

Ultra Music Festival photos by Nicole Safker

Ecstasy pill photos provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration

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