Taiwan Quick Take: Health body warns of PMMA

Sun, Jun 04, 2006 - Page 3

The Department of Health has suggested placing paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA) on a list of banned ecstasy derivatives after the Criminal Investigation Bureau's (CIB's) forensic science researchers found three kinds of substance containing PMMA among drugs confiscated by the police. According to CIB experts in toxicology, PMMA is a ring-methoxlated phenethylamine derivative that affects the body in similar ways to ecstasy but because PMMA does not produce an immediate effect on the body, overdoses are common, the department claimed. Drug users therefore risk consuming pills with dangerous ingredients because many drugs sold as ecstasy do not necessarily contain MDMA and frequently differ in composition.