Community Alert – Ecstasy/PMMA

Eight Calgary overdose deaths have now been linked to PMMA sold as ecstasy.

The Calgary Police Service and Alberta Health Services are warning about a new compound that has been found in drugs being sold as Ecstasy onCalgarystreets.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA) and methamphetamine – not previously associated with street drugs sold inCalgaryas “Ecstasy” – was present in toxicology results for each of eight recentCalgary-area street-drug deaths.

This chemical is thought to be a less expensive compound, used to make a drug similar in appearance to, and sold on the street as Ecstasy (MDMA).

According to AHS, PMMA is considered more toxic than MDMA, with a higher incidence of seizures and elevated body temperature. Also, the onset of action of PMMA is delayed and its initial effect may be milder. This is dangerous as it may result in users ingesting several tablets to achieve a desired effect, with potentially fatal consequences.

There is no safe street drug, and no safe dose of a street drug. There are absolutely no controls in any illegal drug production and drugs could be cut with various substances, unknown to the user, which may lead to injury or death.

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