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This short video is for New Zealand parents, caregivers, whānau and those working with young people to understand basic facts about MDMA. Don't stop here, start a conversation.

Did you know...

that MDMA affects neurotransmitters in the brain such as dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin, which regulates mood, sleep and appetite.

A lot of substances tested as ‘MDMA’ in New Zealand recently contained synthetic cathinones, and some contained no MDMA at all. So if you choose to use what you think is MDMA, it’s best to test it first at a drug checking service or using a reagent testing kit.

MDMA is not without its risks - it can make you confused, raise your body temperature to dangerously high levels, and cause depression and sleep problems.  But raising it in a conversation can help your young person know that it is ok to talk to you about it.


Request printed posters in any language on our Resources website.

This includes the complete Did You Know Conversation Guide which you can also view and download right now: A guide to conversations with young people about drugs and alcohol (PDF, 2.7 MB).

About Did You Know

These tools and resources were initiated by the Counties Manukau AOD Provider Collaborative and the New Zealand Drug Foundation with support from Odyssey. Expert advice and participation from young people were used in their development. Creative by Mohawk Media and Mōca.

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