29th October 2013: You may have seen in the news that people have taken PMA thinking it was ecstasy, but what’s the deal?

There have been a number of cases recently where people have taken what they thought was ecstasy but it’s actually been ‘cut’ with PMA. In fact, sometimes the MDMA in the ecstasy tablets has been completely replaced with PMA.

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

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

You’ll find more information on the PMA page or you can chat 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.  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.

FRANK News published: 29th October 2013