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Public warned of potentially lethal drug possibly in circulation

Police are issuing a warning to the community of a potentially lethal drug which may be in circulation in Australia.

Paramethoxymethamphetamine or PMMA is a drug closely related to PMA (paramethoxymethamphetamine) and often misrepresented as MDMA or ecstasy. Both PMA and PMMA have been referred to as Death, Dr Death, Killer and Red Mitsubishi.

Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Drug and Serious Crime Group says that the drug has potential to cause serious harm or death.

“Both PMA and PMMA have considerable potential to cause serious harm or even death. Our concern is that multiple overseas deaths have been attributed to the drug PMMA, in particular a pink/light red “Superman” symbol tablet (as below), found to contain deadly PMMAamounts of PMMA. We believe there is a possibility this particular tablet form may be circulating in Australia, however this has not been confirmed at this point” he said.

PMMA can be a white powder, but can also appear pink, beige or yellowish on the street. In Queensland it has been detected in other tablet and capsule forms.

“We are certainly not singling out any drug and suggesting it to be more or less dangerous than any other illicit drugs. It is important to understand that any illicit drug is potentially lethal as you really have no idea what you’re actually buying, nor in most cases does the person selling it to you. We are however warning the public of the hazards of these drugs and the consequences,” Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Drug and Serious Crime Group said.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

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