Police have renewed a warning to drug users about a highly toxic and rare amphetamine that led to the death of northern beaches dance teacher Annabel Catt in February.
The drug, para-methoxyamphetamine [PMA], is being passed off as ecstasy and has now been linked to the recent death of a 20-year-old NSW man in the ACT.
Six people died in South Australia between September 1995 and January 1996 after taking PMA.
The man involved in the latest incident allegedly took a yellow tablet with a Euro currency symbol on it before he died last month, police said.
Police believe that the PMA, sold as ecstasy, may have been sourced from NSW.
"PMA is a highly toxic, highly hallucinogenic amphetamine, which has previously been passed off as MDMA [ecstasy]," said Drug Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Greig Newbery.
"A report from the Division of Analytical Laboratories has indicated the presence of PMA in a small number of tablet seizures made by police this year.
"New information has been forwarded to the NSW Police Force indicating the tablet this young man is alleged to have taken was yellow with a Euro currency symbol on it."
Detective Superintendent Newbery advised anyone suffering ill effects after taking an ecstasy tablet to seek immediate medical attention.
A toxicology test of Ms Catt, 20, after her death found "a large amount of PMA" in her system.
Police said a handful of PMA overdoses, one near fatal, occurred in Sydney in 2004.
At the time the victims reported taking red tablets stamped with a Mitsubishi logo, police said.
The tablets were sold to the users as ecstasy with street names including "red mitsubishi", "red death", "red killer" and "Dr Death".
Annabel Catt ... died after taking a drug containing PMA after a music festival.
Edit: I hope G-d pays these mother fuckers back who are selling PMA as anything but PMA. That being said SWIS's advice to all the little Swiys is if you are buying e (which you shouldn't its illegal!) make sure you always use a test kit!
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