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This drug looks very similar and has been sold as ecstasy. The effects are much the same as an E, but PMA is much stronger and can cause a fatal rise in body temperature. The effects of PMA also take longer to happen. Some users have taken a fatal overdose by mistakenly taking pill after pill thinking nothing is happening. There are a number of ‘designer' or ecstasy-like drugs on the market and others are likely to be developed. PMA provides a model as to how this may increase risks especially when substituted unknowingly for ecstasy with somewhat different properties. Such drugs are likely to have limited availability at certain times.

Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Chicken yellow, chicken fever, double stacked, Mitsubishi turbo, red Mitsubishi, killer, para-methoxyampethamiine, paramethoxymethyamphetamine, PMMA.

The Risks

• As little as a quarter of a tablet (60mg) is enough to significantly increase blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rates.
• PMA can cause muscle spasms and lots of people feel very sick after taking it.
• The long term risks associated with PMA have yet to be studied but they're likely to be similar to ecstasy.
• PMA is stronger than ecstasy so the risk of overheating is greater. If you feel your temperature soaring on the dance floor seek help immediately.
• PMA affects the body's temperature control. Dancing for long periods in a hot atmosphere increases the chances of overheating and dehydration. Take regular breaks to cool down.
• Watch out for your mates. People can get so out of their faces they don't realise they're in danger of overheating or dehydration.
• Be careful though as drinking too much water can also be dangerous or even fatal. PMA can cause the body to release a hormone which suppresses the production of urine. This means that if you drink a few pints of liquid too quickly, water builds up in the body and interferes with your body's salt balance. This can directly affect the brain and this can be as deadly as not drinking enough water. Reduce the risks of this happening by remembering to sip no more that a pint of non-alcoholic fluid every hour.
• Anyone using too much can get paranoid and depressed.
• Some long-term users report getting colds, flu and sore throats more often.
• Anyone with a heart condition, blood pressure problems, epilepsy or asthma can have a very dangerous reaction to the drug.



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