TEEN HEALTH Published September10, 2015 By Milafel Hope Dacanay

Video Reveals Harrowing Effects of Ecstasy

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A family of a teen girl has just released a video to show the extremely harmful effects of drugs.

The very short clip--lasting for only 36 seconds--shows Amy Thomson, 16, from Glasgow Scotland, sitting on a wheelchair, with her head seemingly bobbing around as she tries to get the few slurred words out of her mouth. She just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported her throughout her ordeal.

And her journey definitely wasn't easy. In June, Amy and some of her friends aged 15 to 18 went on a house party when she tried MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine). A class A synthetic drug, also known by its street name ecstasy or Molly, is a very popular drug in clubs and parties since it gives a quick high or euphoria and enhances social skills. However, it can also affect the nervous system, increasing the blood pressure and heart rate.

According to hospital and police reports, Amy took one, and it's enough to cause her to collapse. She was taken to the hospital along with other girls who were believed to have consumed the same drug in the party. But while the others were soon discharged, Amy's condition turned for the worse.

She became critically ill, and the doctors discovered serious brain injuries. Later on, she fell into a coma and was on life support in the first month. When she eventually regained consciousness after the doctor had stabilized her, she was later moved to a rehab facility that specializes in brain injuries.

So far, the police have already arrested at least three people, including two teens, in connection to Amy's case and other drug offenses.

The video, which was uploaded in Facebook, generated mixed reactions, especially among her peers. They couldn't believe how Amy quickly lost her vibrancy because of the drug while others were simply upset over what happened to her. One of her cousins, Kayla, has called the video an "eye opener," hoping that it will discourage any other teen from trying the same thing. She also shared that despite what happened to her and her present condition, they're hopeful she can be normal again especially now that she's receiving the best support and care.

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