Nottinghamshire Police have reiterated a warning by
Public Health England to pills being sold as ecstasy, but which contain a more potent chemical.
The pink diamond-shaped pills, that have a street name of ‘Superman’ and have the superhero’s emblem printed on them, are linked to series of deaths in other parts of the country over the Christmas and New Year period.
Although they look like ecstasy, the drugs were found to contain PMMA (paramethoxymethamphetamine), a class A drug.
The effects are similar to MDMA, the chemical found in ecstasy, but is far stronger and is highly toxic.
It is thought the drugs are being sold by dealers as ecstasy, which has been the choice of recreational drug for many nightclub goers for more than two decades.
Those who take ecstasy feel a heightened sense of euphoria, mental stimulation, emotional warmth, empathy toward others and a general sense of well being.
PMMA takes longer to take effect but can kill at lower doses than MDMA.
The warning comes following an alert to Public Health England from Spain on 26th January after pills of this nature were linked to a number of hospitalisations and deaths in that country.
And although there has been no specific threat to the Nottinghamshire area, people are being urged to be cautious if they intend on buying and taking ecstasy.
A former senior drugs advisor to the Government estimated that PMMA had been the cause of 100 deaths in recent years that had initially been attributed to ecstasy.