Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT)

Ecstasy Update

Ecstasy has been in the news again recently following suspected overdoses on the Class A drug at a local music festival.

Some of the dangerous side effects of using Ecstasy could include; feeling agiated, nauseous, shakey and confused, or feeling unwell for a long period of time after use, and collapsing when using.  If you are worried about yourself or anyone else who you think has become unwell after taking Ecstasy it is important that you tell someone and get medical advice from a doctor or hospital.

We would advise people to avoid using all types of Ecstasy pill, or powder (known as Magic), because you can never tell exactly what pills or powders contain.  Some pills have been found to contain very high doses of MDMA, at levels which are harmful, or even fatal. 


Some Pills or powders could have other substances mixed in, or they may not be Ecstasy (MDMA) at all. 

Pills can come in all shapes, sizes and colours and 2 pills that look the same may be different and give very different effects.


To find out more about Ecstasy check out Frank .  If you would like to speak to someone for help and support around your drug or alcohol use, contact YPDAAT on 01744 675605 or email ypdaat@sthelens.gov.uk.



St Helens Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT), provide young people and their families in St Helens with a range of interventions to help them to make informed choices around drug and alcohol use in order to achieve their full potential.

Despite what you might think, most young people chose not to use drugs or alcohol. Of those that do most young people will grow out of this without any issues.


What we do

  • We are here to help you to make healthy choices, to prevent you getting into risky situations due to drug and alcohol use.
  • We are a confidential service, working with young people aged up to 19.
  • We can offer help and support in cutting down, quitting or being safe and provide one to one sessions with your own keyworker.
  • All staff are trained in nicotine replacement therapy to help you stop smoking.  We also offer STI screening and C-Card services. 
  • We can also offer complimentary therapy sessions to help relaxation and show you other ways to chill out.

What we don't do

  • Tell you off
  • Tell your parents/carers, unless we think you are at risk of harm to yourself or others
  • Tell you should be doing
  • Make decisions about you without you knowing

What to expect

  • A friendly service
  • An initial appointment where we introduce ourselves and tell you more about what the team offers
  • The opportunity to ask any questions and tell us a bit more about what is going on for you
  • Appointments with your keyworker at suitable times and places for you
  • Support for as long as you feel you want to receive it