There have been a number of cases in Ipswich recently where people have died after taken what they thought was ecstasy, but appears actually to be PMMA.

Confusingly, as PMMA is often sold as ecstasy some of the street names for the two drugs are also the same. Sometimes PMMA-containing pills even look like regular ecstasy pills; and one powder often looks like another.

What is PMMA?PMMA is similar to MDMA (the chemical normally used in ecstasy). It is also similar to PMA. It can make you feel alert, alive and full of energy. However, PMMA is more poisonous at lower doses than MDMA and too much can cause a fatal rise in body temperature.

The effects of PMMA also take longer than MDMA to begin to be felt – so it’s not unusual for some users to think that the first pill was a dud and hasn’t worked and to take an additional pill (or pills) and accidently overdose, which can be fatal.

You’ll find more information on PMMA from the links or you can talk to FRANK on 0300 123 6600 in complete confidence.

How do I know what I’m taking?
The simple answer is that you don’t. The pills that were taken in Ipswich were shaped like the Superman logo and looked like a typical ecstasy pill.  In fact, you can never be sure that any powder, pill or liquid contains what you’re told it does.

You can also not be sure how you might react to particular drugs. Everyone is different.

What do I do if I feel unwell?
If you’ve taken something and you find you start to feel unwell, take time out to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it. If the problem doesn't improve or is getting worse, you should seek medical help. You won’t be reported to the police.