The use of ecstasy, a party drug school administrators never used to see on campuses, is on the rise at Gilroy’s high schools.
Seven students were cited by police this semester for selling, possessing or being under the influence of ecstasy. Although marijuana use has always been an issue, the presence of ecstasy – a drug that is commonly associated with dance parties or raves – on campus is new, administrators said. The drug typically comes in pill form and induces feelings of euphoria, intimacy and heightened awareness. After effects include depression, anxiety, headaches and fatigue. Overdose can result in organ failure, coma and death.