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How does ecstasy affect driving?
People who use ecstasy may see or hear things that don't really exist, or are distorted.
The effects of ecstasy are different for each person. They may be influenced by:
This makes it difficult to predict exactly, in what way, and for how long, ecstasy will affect driving ability.
As a general guide, ecstasy can cause:
A person who has been using ecstasy may think that, if they are especially careful, they will be able to drive safely. However, the drug may have affected their view and experience of reality, and their judgement. Their actions and responses may be impaired, but they may not be aware of how much their driving skills have been affected.
Safer driving tips
If you intend to drive, the safest option is not to use alcohol or other drugs.
If you have used ecstasy, make sure that you have several hours sleep after your last use. You may feel alert at first, but as the effects wear off, you are likely to feel exhausted and fall asleep.
Last updated: 27 February 2013