PMA is sometimes sold as ecstasy so people take it without knowing it. It can kill at lower doses than [ecstasy]/MDMA. It also takes longer to kick in so people may think it hasnt worked and take more which is very dangerous.
What does it look like?
PMA is sometimes sold as ecstasy. However, PMA is more poisonous and can kill at lower doses than MDMA. Also like MDMA, it can cause a fatal rise in body temperature.
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size, whether you’ve eaten and what other drugs you may have also taken.
Physical health risks
PMA affects the body's temperature control and the risk of overheating may be greater than ecstasy, as it is more poisonous. People can get so out of control that they don't realise they're in danger of overheating and dehydration.
What is PMA cut with?
Not enough is known about the purity of PMA, but if it's being sold as ecstasy it's likely the pills have been cut with other ingredients like amphetamine (speed), caffeine and starch.
Is it dangerous to mix with other drugs?
Mixing PMA with alcohol can have serious consequences – the effects of PMA are increased, making it more likely to experience its negative effects.
Can you get addicted?
As with ecstasy, it’s possible to build up a tolerance (which means people need to take more PMA tabs to get the same level of buzz).
Psychological dependence may also develop (with an increased desire to keep taking the drug despite the risks).
There have been no clear physical withdrawals reported with PMA but, as with ecstasy, users may feel lethargic or low for some days after having used.
This is a Class A drug, which means it's illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.
Possession can get you up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you life in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.
If you are worried about your use, you can call FRANK on 0300 1236600 for friendly, confidential advice.