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ARCHIVE:  February 20, 2001

PMA a Rave Danger?

 

Dear Dr. Shulgin:

I have heard that there is a lot of PMA being peddled at raves and that it is a killer.  What is going on?  -- L.H., Miami

Dear L.H.:

You are absolutely right. PMA is the code for para-methoxyamphetamine, which is a rather dangerous drug in the rave scene.

At reasonable levels (perhaps 60 or so milligrams orally) it is a stimulant and modest turn-on.

At a two-pill dose, twice this dosage, it becomes a strong stimulant and is a threat to the cardiovascular system.  But people at raves can be seen taking six pills at a time, and with PMA this puts them in a dangerous place, one that can be lethal.

Be careful -- this is a potentially damaging drug. 

-- Dr. Shulgin

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