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.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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