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What is PMA?

PMA has been used as a recreational psychoactive drug, primarly in the 1970s, and in Australia since late 1994. More recently, it has been sold as MDA or MDMA (ecstasy).

Pure PMA is a white powder, but street products can also be beige, pink or yellowish. Today it is usually made into pressed pills.

The effects of PMA include increase in energy, visual distortions and a gnereal change in consciousness. Symptoms after ingestions can be pupil dilation, erratic eye movements, muscles spasms, increase in body temperature, nausea and vomiting. In some cases ingestion can lead to convulsions, coma and death.

PMA has caused a number of deaths in Canada and Australia and has been implicated in two recent deaths in Chicago, USA. Most PMA deaths have been in users who have taken tablets sold as “ecstasy”.

In 2002 the first case of death from PMA in the UK was reported.

PMA and PMMA are both Class A controlled drugs in the UK