New batches of fake MDMA and ecstasy pills are being found to contain the potentially lethal chemical MMMP. Manchester Pride and Creamfields Festival organisers have issued strong warnings for festival-goers to ‘take care’.
They have released urgent warnings after the rare substance, never before found in the United Kingdom, was detected by a drug testing laboratory after drugs were taken from amnesty bins and tested.
Scientists from The Manchester Drug Analysis & Knowledge Exchange discovered the chemical MMMP from both festivals. The substance also known as photoinitator, is normally used in the production of inks and in coloured coatings.
Charity The Loop, who carry out voluntary drug testing for festival goers where permitted, said on their Twitter feed:
“MMMP (aka MTMP) is an industrial dye hardening agent which the Loop identified thru front of house testing in 2016 & 17 being sold (very rarely) as MDMA – now detected @ManchesterPride & @Creamfields 2018.
“There is limited documentation about effects & risks.”
Manchester Pride’s official Twitter account posted a warning which said: ““WARNING! Harmful MMMP (Caccure 907) sold as crystal MDMA. MMMP is a potentially toxic substance. TAKE CARE! If unwell see medics.”