Drugs monitor issues warning for dangerous Superman ‘ecstasy’ pills

ecstasy supermanThe Dutch Trimbos drug addiction clinic has issued a warning about a dangerous type of ecstasy pill currently in circulation in the Netherlands.

The warning comes just weeks after several tourists died in Amsterdam after taking heroin they believed to be cocaine.

The Trimbos institute says the dangerous pills are pink and feature the Superman logo. They contain a very high dose of a chemical known as PMMA, rather than MDMA which is the main component of ecstasy.

PMMA is slow to have an effect, and this has led to users taking more pills because they think the first ones don’t work, the Trimbos institute said.

The side effects of too much PMMA include a racing heart and very high body temperature. An overdose can be fatal.

Dutch media reported on at least two PMMA related deaths in the Netherlands in 2013.

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