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Warning over potentially lethal PMA 'Dr Death' pills being sold in Hampshire
THEY have been dubbed “Dr Death” and have been linked to a string of fatalities across the UK, including at least one in the south.
Now police have warned that pink pills containing the controlled Class A drug Paramethoxyamphetamine, which is five times stronger than Ecstasy, are circulating in Hampshire.
Officers issued an alert after two men arrested in Southampton on suspicion of stealing bicycles became violently ill.
They were taken to Southampton General Hospital and were found to have taken the potentially-lethal pills, which are often embossed with the letter 'M'. Both have since recovered.
It can cause a rapid rise in blood pressure, coupled with a sharp increase in body temperature. Other symptoms include profuse sweating, a racing heartbeat and muscle seizures.
The drug is often sold to clubbers for as little as £3 a tablet.
But the slow-acting nature of the substance can result in users taking several tablets to accelerate its effect, resulting in a fatal overdose.
The pills were found at the Bournemouth flat where Scott Gowing-Wilks, 20, was found dead in May last year.
Paramethoxyamphetamine, known as PMA, has also been linked to the deaths of Liverpool teenager Rose Farley, two men in Cambridgeshire and seven people in Scotland.
PMA pills are similar in size and shape to an Ecstasy tablets but are several times more powerful.
They are known as “Dr Death” or “Pink McDonald's” because of the letter M printed on the side.
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