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Deadly Superman Pills: Could Be In Cambs
Police are sending out a warning after receiving information that a dangerous ecstasy pill linked to recent deaths in Suffolk may now be available in central Cambridgeshire.
The ecstasy tablets, which are red, triangular in shape and embossed with an 'S', described as the 'Superman' logo, are thought to be involved in the deaths of two young men in Ipswich on Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.
Detective Inspector Fran Jones said: "These tablets are thought to contain large doses of Paramethoxymethylamphetamine, commonly known as PMMA, and has different effects to the common ecstasy pill, MDMA (methylenedioxymethylamphetamne). PMMA can take different times to take effect which often results in users taking more of it, often resulting in serious harm.
"There is no way of knowing what is in any pill, therefore it is safest to steer clear altogether. Police forces across the country are doing all they can to reduce the risk of further serious injury or deaths linked to this particular ecstasy pill.
We do not know how many are still in circulation, so I urge people not to take these drugs and anyone in possession of them to hand them in to police or partner agencies."
Officers are also looking at potential links to similar deaths elsewhere in the country including in the West Mercia area.
If you have taken illegal drugs or if you know someone who has become unwell after taking illegal drugs and needs urgent medical care call 999 and ask for the ambulance service.
Anyone in possession of the drug is asked to surrender it to police, in person or by calling 101.
If you have information about the supply of this or other illegal drugs call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
For drugs information and advice visit the Talk to Frank website or call the 24/7 National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00.
Alternatively, call the Cambridgeshire alcohol and drug service, Inclusion, on 0300 555 0101, or for Peterborough, call Aspire, on Freephone 0800 111 4354 or 01733 895 624.
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