What’s in the pill? Ecstasy harm reduction campaign
Ecstasy campaign: What's in the pill?
A number of pills sold as ecstasy have been tested and found to contain substances other than MDMA.
MDMA, and many of these substances have been linked to hospitalisations, deaths and possible mental health issues.
There is no way of telling what is in a pill just by looking at it.
The 'What’s in the Pill?’ campaign is a collaboration between three Dublin Universities, DIT, TCD, and UCD and drugs.ie and the Ana Liffey Drug Project.
Resources created include posters and a fact sheets that have been distributed on campus and promoted on social media and on the drugs.ie.
Ecstasy harm reduction information
The campaign focuses on the following harm reduction information.
It's always safest not to take unknown or illicit drugs at all
If you do decide to take a pill ...
- It is less risky to take half (although smaller doses can also be dangerous)
- If you don't come up as quickly as expected don't assume you've got dud pills. Wait 2 hours. Some drugs take longer to effect than others
- Never double drop
- Never mix your drugs. Alcohol, other club drugs and prescribed drugs call all interact dangerously with pills, and with each other
- If dancing, rehydrate with water or isotonic drinks regularly, but don't go over a pint per hour
- Take breaks from dancing
If you are concerned about a substance that you or a friend have taken:
- Don't take any more
- Don't take other drugs
- Seek medical advice
Partners section: download fact sheets and posters
We are now extending this campaign to other 3rd level institutes nationwide by supplying customised PDF versions of the poster and fact sheet free of charge.
If you supply us with a transparent PNG version of your college logo, we can supply you with the finished designs for print and make them available for download on this page. To get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DIT Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- TCD Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- UCD Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- Sligo IT Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- St. Patrick's College Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- Maynooth University Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- National College of Art and Design Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- NCISU Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- ITTralee Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- Cavan Institute Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- Waterford Institute of Technology Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- Cork Institute of Technology Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- Athlone Institute of Technology Poster ¦ Fact sheet
- Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology Poster ¦ Factsheet
- South Regional & Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force Poster | Factsheet
- Student Union of Ireland Poster | Factsheet
- Finglas Cabra Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force Poster | Factsheet
- Belong To Poster | Factsheet
- Institute of Technology Carlow Poster | Factsheet
- Profile Poster | Factsheet
- Ulster University Poster | Factsheet
- Mary Immaculate College Poster | Factsheet
- Limerick Institute of Technology Poster | Factsheet
- University of Limerick Poster | Factsheet
- St.Angela's College Sligo Poster | Factsheet
- Download YouthReach Poster | Download YouthReach Factsheet
Students' Unions in no way condones the use of illegal drugs.
The campaign was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Criona Ni Dhalaigh, with support from Minister of State with Responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Aodhán O ‘Ríordáin TD.
- Media release
- Irish Examiner: Minister backs ‘half-a-pill’ student campaign
- Irish Times: Young people feel ‘just say no to drugs’ line is a lie - Ó Ríordáin
- thejournal.ie: Drug-using students urged to be more careful when taking pills
- Irishhealth.com: College students warned about drug use
- Trinity News: Student unions launch campaign to educate students about safer drug use
- Rabble.ie: A Bit Of Sense
- Dublin People: Ecstasy pills may contain hidden danger
- FM104: What's in the pill Campaign is launched
- Campus.ie: Dublin Colleges Come Together to "Break the Silence" Around illegal drugs