A knockoff Ecstasy drug taken by users in Florida has led to their deaths. Six young people in the state have died recently in connection with taking the fake Ecstasy drug, called PMA which stands for paramethoxyamphetamine. The potentially lethal drug is cheaper to manufacture and is impossible to differentiate from authentic Ecstasy, which is made of MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine). The pills look the same and experts say that the only way PMA can be identified from MDMA is through lab testing.
The fake Ecstasy pills cause the body to overheat to temperatures as high as 108 degrees. In the process, the individual becomes confused, begins to hallucinate, and eventually collapses. Experts state that once the body begins to overheat in this fashion, death is likely without immediate medical attention. According to an ABC news report, five hours after a 19 year-old Florida woman who used the drug died her body temperature was recorded as still being 104 degrees. Drug experts have reported that the use of Ecstasy can cause long-term brain damage. In Maryland, where 10 people have died in connection with the drug, the Governor's Office has stated that the drug "burns your brain" in a campaign to educate the public on its dangers.
The use of Ecstasy has been growing in the U.S. Because of this, legislation has recently been introduced into both houses in Congress which would increase the penalties for its possession as well as its trafficking.
Drug crimes are among the most commonly heard criminal cases in courts across the country, including state and federal courts in Florida. These crimes can range from simple possession of a controlled substance, such as Ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and others as well as the more serious crimes of sales, distribution, importation, manufacture, and trafficking. Those who are convicted of drug crimes will be punished according to the specifics of their cases, including the type and quantity of drugs found, whether the possession was for personal use or distribution, and whether the defendant has any previous criminal history.
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