Know the facts about DOM/DOB/MDA and connect with help to keep your child safe.

What are some slang terms?
Love Drug (MDA)

What is it?
These are chemical variations of amphetamines, also known as substituted amphetamines. These so-called “designer drugs” are stimulants. DOB is 4-bromo-2, 5-dimethoxyamphetamine. MDA is 3, 4-methylenedioxyamphetamine, similar to MDMA or Ecstasy. It is sometimes sold as Ecstasy, and is nicknamed the “Love Drug.”

What does it look like?
Substituted amphetamines are most often found in either powder or pill form.

How is it used?
Substituted amphetamines, such as DOM, DOB and MDA, can be taken orally or nasally. Because they are produced illegally in secret laboratories, they are rarely pure. The dosage amount in a capsule or tablet and the quality of the substance is likely to vary considerably.

What do young people hear about it?
These drugs may have mood-altering effects and may produce hallucinations.

What are the risks?
Large doses or long-term use may result in stimulant psychosis, a psychotic state which includes delusions and thought disorder. MDA can also have the following short-term effects: agitation, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate, convulsions and cardiac effects.

What are signs of use?

  • Agitation
  • Sweating
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Convulsions

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

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