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Gardaí issue alert about new killer substance found in ecstasy tablets

Gardai and the HSE want to get the message out about how dangerous these drugs are ahead of the summer months and upcoming music festivals.

Tablets with the Mitsubishi Logo on them
Tablets with the Mitsubishi Logo on them
Image: Leon Farrell via Photocall Ireland

Updated 11pm

GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a warning about the ecstasy tablets that have killed two people in four days.

The green pills have an apple or a rolex logo while the white pills have a Mitsubishi logo.

These contain a substance called PMMA or PMA which is more lethal than MDMA normally contained in ecstasy tablets.

The effect of this substance is slower than MDMA which means people are known to take more to achieve the feeling they expect from MDMA.

This has led to rapidly increased heart rates, extremely high body temperatures, respiratory failure and sometimes death.

Two people died in the space of four days and the last month has seen a number of hospitalisations due to the ecstasy pills.

Gardai and the HSE want to get the message out about how dangerous these drugs are ahead of the summer months and upcoming music festivals.

The HSE says it’s important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately.

For support around drug and alcohol use the HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am and 5.30pm.

This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service (helpline@hse.ie).

- First published 3.50pm

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