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A fatal paramethoxymethamphetamine intoxication

A fatal paramethoxymethamphetamine intoxication

  1. ThirdEyeFloond
    Legal Medicine
    Volume 5, Supplement 1, March 2003, Pages S138-S141

    Jürgen Becker, , Peter Neis, Jörg Röhrich and Siegfried Zörntlein


    During the last years in Germany a marked increase in the use of amphetamines such as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy) has been observed. The use of these recreational drugs is especially common among young people participating in rave parties. Occasionally ring-methoxylated phenethylamine derivatives like paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA) or paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA) are found in street drugs offered as ecstasy. These compounds exhibit a higher toxicity than the methylenedioxyamphetamine derivatives. We report on the death of a 22-year-old man after the ingestion of ecstasy pills containing PMMA and PMA. The PMMA concentration in femoral blood was 0.85 mg/l. Besides PMA (0.61 mg/l), amphetamine (0.21 mg/l), benzoylecgonine (