UK officials discover dangerous new batch of Pink Superman pills responsible for four deaths
Following holiday celebrations and turning the corner on the upcoming festival season, UK authorities are anxious to spread the word about a dangerous new drug on the market. ‘Pink Supermans,’ titled after its resemblance to the famed logo, are a batch of pills being sold as ecstasy that have now been accredited to at least four deaths in recent weeks. After two deaths on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day that were confirmed to be related to the drugs, Suffolk police have been actively working to spread awareness and prevent any further casualties by distributing multi-lingual warning flyers.
The batch of ‘Supermans’ are thought to also be linked to another batch of fatal pills found circulating in The Netherlands and Belgium about a month ago and reports have discovered that these pills are extremely dangerous, more so than ever before. Made with PMMA, a by-product of MDMA’s distant cousin and toxic substitute PMA, the Pink Superman pills are reported to contain 173 mg of the substitute, an extremely high level compared to the usual 50 mg when PMMA is used in ecstasy pills. Previously, with pills merely containing even just 50 mg, 29 deaths were linked back to the PMMA drugs last year.
VICE spoke to Daan van der Gouwe of the Drugs Information and Monitoring System in Utrecht who also put out an alert about the dangerous pills in mid-December who explained: “We have never seen a pill with such insanely high concentrations of PMMA or PMA. As to why someone made this, either they are completely idiotic and made a mistake or it is a professional manufacturer who knows what they are doing and is taking advantage of the fact [that] PMA and PMMA are cheaper to source than MDMA.”
UK officials are urging partygoers to avoid any pills that resemble the Pink Supermans, and to be adamant about testing drugs before consuming them.