PMA and PMMA are in the same class of drugs as MDMA, also called
ecstasy. PMA is also known by the street name “death” or “Dr. Death”. As with ecstasy, drugs tend to come in colourful, branded tablets that are taken by mouth.
Although they are different drugs than ecstasy,
PMA and PMMA are often sold as ecstasy or an ecstasy substitute. Buyers may think they are getting ecstasy, when in fact they are getting PMA, PMMA, or a combination of different drugs. In other cases, users may be encouraged to take PMA and PMMA with ecstasy to increase the effects.
These drugs are often taken because of the way they make many users feel. Users report feeling “at peace” and as though “all is right with the world”. Users often also believe that these drugs may increase sexuality and enhance pleasure.
PMA and PMMA are more toxic than ecstasy. They are more likely to cause side effects like seizures and a high body temperature (the person feels very hot to touch). Also, the early effects of PMA and PMMA are often delayed and milder than ecstasy making users think that they’ve taken a weak ecstasy pill. Users will then often take more of the drug to get the effects they are taking the drug for.
As with ecstasy PMA/PMMA can also have serious, life-threatening side effects when used on its own, and/or if combined with other medicine (including anti-depressants).
Yes. Whether used on its own, or with other medicine, serious and life-threatening health effects are a very real danger when taking PMA or PMMA.
There is no way to know. MDMA and other illegal drugs often have other chemicals in them that can cause their own side effects that could kill them. There is no “safe” street drug.
No. There have been many cases where people have died or had serious, life-threatening side effects after taking
just 1 pill.
You still have to worry! PMA and PMMA, ecstasy, as well as other illegal drugs often have other chemicals in them that can cause their own side effects that could kill you. There is no “safe” street drug and there is no safe dose of a street drug.
You won’t know. The only way to know which drug you took is by testing your urine or blood or by a laboratory testing the pills.
A bad reaction to PMA and PMMA can be very similar to ecstasy.
The Poison and Drug Information Service (PADIS) is a free, confidential, 24/7 service for all Albertans. Staff are specially trained in the assessment and management of exposures to drugs and toxins like PMA/PMMA and are available by calling 1-800-332-1414
If you are concerned about your own drug or alcohol use, the drug and/or alcohol use of a friend or loved one, or would like more information on drug and alcohol use, contact the 24/7
Current as of: October 3, 2017
Author: Poison and Drug Information Service (PADIS)
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