This new synthetic drug that provides sensations similar to those of cocaine is spreading rapidly. If its attractive price makes it more accessible, its effects are unfortunately just as devastating, putting the health and police authorities on edge.
Its full name is 3-methylmethcathinone but it is called 3-MMC. Appearing in the early 2010s, this new queen of the night first established herself in chemsex parties and homosexual circles. Since 2017, its consumption has expanded to other festive atmospheres.
Intended to remove inhibitions or increase pleasure, the euphoric, stimulating and empathogenic substance is part of the family of synthetic cathinones. Users of 3-MMC describe its effects as a combination of those of cocaine, MDMA and amphetamines.
According to the French Observatory of Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT), the proposed forms of 3-MMC have evolved over several years. First powder, then crystal and now tablets, it can be snorted, injected or consumed rectally.
A particularly dangerous drug
Available on the Internet, for sale at home, in the street or in the evenings, its price, ranging from 8 to 37 euros per gram, makes it particularly attractive. However, the risk of 3-MMC addiction is high. Indeed, according to Drugs Info Service “the short duration of the effects and the high anxiety that follows the catch cause a strong craving (irrepressible desire to consume again), which promotes compulsive consumption”.
In addition to the risk of stroke, heart attack, convulsion, ENT problems, kidney damage, anxiety or even paranoia, taking this “new cocaine” can be fatal.
“All organs can be affected in the long term. Nobody is equal in front of drugs, and some can have an accident at the first take”, warns doctor Laurent Karila in the columns of Parisian.
The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has identified twenty-seven deaths in Europe linked to the consumption of 3-MMC.