ALERT -contaminated ecstasy, a global issue

Tablets sold as MDMA may contain other chemicals

Tablets sold as MDMA may contain other chemicals

Sadly, perhaps the most important news to report today, on what should be a day for celebration in our communityInternational Drug Users Day (on the 1st of November every year), is a contamination issue that has gone global, affecting ecstasy. INPUD has just released this information sheet for circulation on the contamination of ecstasy by the chemical PMA and the subsequent tragic deaths that have resulted, covering what you can do to stay informed and protect yourself. Here is an introduction to the issue from the document  PMA_Warning_INPUD_Oct2013_v.1 (1) or link to it from your website. Help yourself to information for dissemination amongst the using community but please credit INPUD.

PMA Info Sheet LINK

PMA Contaminated Ecstasy and MDMA Alert for MDMA and Ecstasy Users

English: PMA (para-methoxyamphetamine) capsule...

 PMA (para-methoxyamphetamine) capsules seized in Maryland, USA 

If you use ecstasy and/or MDMA, you cannot afford to think of this as one of those things that happens to other people. There is lots of misinformation going around, and people using uppers, ecstasy, and MDMA need some straightforward facts.

Recent deaths

Deaths caused by ecstasy contaminated with the drug para-Methoxyamphetamine (PMA) have increased substantially over the last two years. The Office for National Statistics records no PMA deaths in 2008, 2009, and 2010 in England and Wales, up to a recorded one death in 2011 to around twenty deaths in 2012.

This trend has continued into 2013. There have been media and police reports that in recent months, a man has died in Manchester, with several people additionally requiring hospitalisation, and there were more reported deaths in Manchester towards the beginning of the year; in addition, at least two people have died this year in Cheshire, further people have died in the North of England, in Oxford, and in Hampshire, and we aware of numerous people who have mistakenly taken PMA in London. Deaths have been recorded in England and Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the USA (several states), Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Australia.

If you use ecstasy and/or MDMA, you cannot afford to think of this as one of those things that happens to other people. There is  lots of misinformation going around, and people using uppers, ecstasy, and MDMA need some straightforward facts

What is PMA?

PMA is a dangerous compound. Using it has substantial negatives, not the least of which are high morbidity and high mortality, and there is little by way of psychoactive positives to justify these downsides. This is different from uncontaminated MDMA, which is substantially safer to the individual using the drug than many other psychoactive  substances, including alcohol and tobacco (its Class A status is nonsensical as an indicator of harm).

Most people are not deliberately buying and taking PMA in greater numbers; instead the ecstasy they are using, the active ingredient of which is ideally MDMA, has been contaminated. The reasons for this contamination are unclear, but it is possible that a precursor to the synthesis of PMA is easier to acquire than a precursor to MDMA.

Regardless of the reason, the fact is that people are dying due to taking a drug they did not intend to take. (continued by clicking link below)

Click here for the full Information Sheet (available for printing)

Full text from article on BP page

Breaking Convention: MDMA Debate – Its Place in Medicine, Society and Politics


MDMA for psychotherapy? Listen to the latest views

An excellent video which captures, for the first time in the UK, a conference convened on MDMA looking at the research and the debate around it being used as a drug for psychotherapy etc. This hour long video brings together some really knowledgeable speakers who each present for 5-10 minutes, and cover a lot of interesting info about the various studies undertaken with MDMA so far. There are various aspects of the debate highlighted here by the different speakers, a specific overriding issue for concern however is about how the risks of MDMA have been overplayed -indeed much of it is plain incorrect. Until recently, there was only 1 paper on the therapeutic benefits of MDMA and thousands about the risks. Yet all of these papers have assessed risks in terms of whether MDMA was safe to use in a theraputic setting,  based on research taken from street ecstasy used in a club setting, which they claim (and i agree also!) is vastly different to pharmaceutical MDMA used in a theraputic settings. For years researchers were unable to get funding for therapeutic based research of MDMA as it was consistently thwarted by the previous realms of more negative research on ecstasy which looked exclusively at street or black-market ecstasy (which may not have MDMA in it at all!), in hot, crowded athletic club settings -a million miles away from sterile MDMA in therapeutic settings. Rick Doblin took this even further and said he was deeply concerned about the egotism and careerism involved in much research publications etc, the sheer determinism to be published (and not challenged) all at the cost of the truth, another nail in the coffin of rational truthful drug research..Well worth listening to some of the worlds foremost researchers on MDMA, who happily seem to have also used it! Now thats the kind of researcher we like! Respect! thankks to MAPS for this (see more of their fascinating stuff -link on right hand side).

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