It is the fashionable drug in the Dakar By Night. Commonly called « flap », Ecstasy or MDMA is causing havoc among young people. Most consumers get the drug in party places (nightclubs, bars etc.). To spice up their parties, young people take these colored tablets. A tablet of « volet » costs 10 000 FCFA. But the price does not make the users back who are more and more numerous to become addicted to this dangerous drug.
Ecstasy or MDMA is an amphetamine. It is a central nervous system stimulant. It is classified as a narcotic. Ecstasy first causes mild anxiety, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, and jaw muscle contraction; skin becomes clammy, mouth dry. This is followed by a slight euphoria, a feeling of well-being and pleasure. It is accompanied by relaxation, heightened senses and a sense of understanding and acceptance of others. For some users, ecstasy can cause psychological dependence. As far as physical dependence is concerned, experts vary in their assessments.