Volume 17, Issue 2 (April 1972)

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

    (Received 26 October 1971; accepted 1 December 1971)

    Published Online: April

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    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).


    Author Information:

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


    Stock #: JFS10687J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10687J

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    Title 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA): Analytical and Forensic Aspects of Fatal Poisoning
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    Committee E30