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What Is PMMA?

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Updated January 27, 2012

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Definition:

PMMA and the related compound PMA is a chemical that is sometimes used in the production of the designer drug, ecstasy. The chemical's full name is paramethoxymethamphetamine. It is chemically similar to other chemical compounds used in creating ecstasy, but has more harmful, sometimes lethal side effects.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS FEELING OR APPEARS TO BE UNWELL AFTER TAKING ECSTASY, GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM OR CALL AN AMBULANCE (911 IN THE USA OR CANADA, 999 IN THE UK).

Pronunciation: P-M-M-A
Also Known As: 4-methoxyamphetamine, 4-MA, ecstasy contaminant
Examples:
A young woman recently died shortly after taking an ecstasy pill that contained PMMA.
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