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ecstasy (drug)

DEFINITION

A type of hallucinogenic drug, which is a controlled drug in Singapore. Also known in Mandarin as 摇头丸.

ETYMOLOGY

  • It is the transliteration of the English word “ecstasy”.
  • “Ecstasy” started appearing in local night spots in 1995. Most users of this drug are blue-collar workers and unemployed people aged between 20 and 40 years old. Many of them had no past records of drug use.
  • It is also known as the “head-shaking pill” (摇头丸) because users of the drug will constantly shake their heads after using it.
  • Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, ecstasy is classified as an illegal Class A controlled drug. Ecstasy usually contains methylene dioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Under these regulations, anyone who possesses or consumes MDMA will receive a fine of up to S$20,000 or 10 years of imprisonment or both.
  • Smugglers of ecstasy will receive 20 years of imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane. Anyone who illegally imports or exports this drug will receive up to 30 years of imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane.
  • Any Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident who consumes this illegal drug outside Singapore will receive up to 10 years of imprisonment or a fine of up to S$20,000, or both.

SAMPLE SENTENCE

Suffering from depression due to his diagnosis with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a former technician took “ecstasy” to relax, but he was arrested due to drug addiction. After undergoing a community-based programme last year, he was released early and restarted his career. The primary school graduate is currently pursuing a diploma in maritime studies and hopes to become a surveyor. (Lianhe Zaobao, 6/2/2018)

TERMS USED IN OTHER REGIONS

灵魂出窍 (Mainland China), 忘我, 阿当, 迪斯科饼干, 灵魂出窍迷魂药 (Hong Kong), 幻乐丸 (Malaysia)