[ Back to EurekAlert! ]

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE:
18-Feb-2014

[ | E-mail ] Share Share

Contact: Sophie Macken
sophie.macken@drugscience.org.uk
020-784-06115
SAGE Publications

'Legal highs,' PMMA and zombie panic

New scientific paper finds link between 'ecstasy' deaths in the UK and Canada

Recent deaths in both Canada and the UK linked to PMA/PMMA in ecstasy pills has brought public scrutiny to this little known drug. With Canadian producing most of the ecstasy in the North American market, this timely paper (Ecstasy, legal highs and designer drug use: A Canadian perspective) published this week in Drug Science Policy and Law looks at trends in ecstasy adulteration, the facts around PMA/PMMA-linked deaths and explores alternatives to the endless banning of new drugs.

It finds:

The authors assert that legislation does not deter drug use and call for improved education rather than criminalisation. The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, who host the journal, have provided harm reduction advice for anyone that might come into contact with PMA/PMMA.

Lead author Alan Hudson commented: "It is clear that not only is PMA/PMMA a real danger for those that take ecstasy, there is an urgent need for more education on how to reduce harms and recognition that constant criminalisation is not effective. We must make sure young people are informed of PMMA's real risks and join up efforts across specialisms and across national lines to ensure such tragedies do not happen again"

###

Drug Science Policy and Law (DSP) is the journal of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD).

For more information or an interview with the author, please contact:

Sophie Macken, DSP Deputy Editor and ISCD Director.
sophie.macken@drugscience.org.uk
0207 840 6115
07838 119948



[ Back to EurekAlert! ] [ | E-mail Share Share ]

 


AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert! system.