November 1, 2000

Chemical Analysis of Ecstasy Pills

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

JAMA. 2000;284(17):2190. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2184

To the Editor: 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) has achieved notoriety as the drug "ecstasy" and has been associated with dance events called "raves." Few reports of the content of ecstasy pills from the United States are available,1 but European reports suggest that ecstasy commonly contains substances other than MDMA.2 We sought to describe the range of drugs found in ecstasy pills in the United States.

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