3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA): Analytical and Forensic Aspects of Fatal Poisoning

    Volume 17, Issue 2 (April 1972)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1972

    Page Count: 5


    Cimbura, G
    Head, The Centre of Forensic Sciences, The Department of Justice, Toronto,

    (Received 26 October 1971; accepted 1 December 1971)

    Abstract

    3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) (Fig. 1) is a synthetic amphetamine derivative with reported psychotropic properties [1]. In Canada, the drug is included in the “Restricted Drugs” schedule of the Federal Food and Drug Act, and, therefore, cannot be used legitimately. In spite of this tight control, MDA, known as the “love pill,” has apparently become popular [2] in the drug oriented segment of our society. Tragic evidence of its popularity in Ontario was provided by five documented MDA fatalities examined in this laboratory within a 13 month period (1970–71).


    Paper ID: JFS10687J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10687J

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