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Research Article, J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Chemical Profile and Toxicological Features of Ecstasy Tablets Seized in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Emanuele Amorim Alves1,2, Morena L Sodré2, Adriana S de Oliveira2, Carlos Alberto da Silva Riehl3 and Bruno Duarte Sabino2*
1Escola Politécnica de Saúde Joaquim Venâncio - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - FIOCRUZ, Av. Brasil, 4365, Manguinhos, 21040-900, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
2Instituto de Criminalística Carlos Éboli, Rua Pedro I, 28, Praça Tiradentes, 20060-050, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
3Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Química, Departamento de Química Analítica. Centro de Tecnologia - Bloco A - 5o. andar - sala 507 - Caixa Postal 68535 - Cidade Universitária Ilha do Fundão 21941-972 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Corresponding author : Dr. Bruno Duarte Sabino
Instituto de Criminalística Carlos Éboli, Rua Pedro I, 28, Praça Tiradentes, 20060-050, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Tel: (+5521) 3865-9784; (+5521) 2332-8171
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Received: August 22, 2013 Accepted: October 22, 2013 Published: October 26, 2013
Citation: Alves EA, Sodré ML, de Oliveira AS, da Silva Riehl CA, Sabino BD (2013) Chemical Profile and Toxicological Features of Ecstasy Tablets Seized in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol 2:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9841.1000111

Abstract

Chemical Profile and Toxicological Features of Ecstasy Tablets Seized in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Ecstasy is a street name originally designated for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Pharmacologically it displays effects related to amphetamine-type drugs and a set of distinctive effects like restlessness, well-being, and others effects. Ecstasy tablets have a large variety of symbols and colors with an extremely variable content. In addition to MDMA, other psychoactive compounds may be present like LSD, amphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and others. The goal of this paper is to analyze ecstasy tablets seized in Rio de Janeiro, studying their MDMA contents variations and the presence of other psychoactive substances. We collected 58 batches of samples seized by Rio de Janeiro State Police that were analyzed by Gas Chromatography coupled to Mass Spectrometry to determine the main psychoactive compounds presents in these tablets.

Keywords: Ecstasy; MDMA; Chemical characterization; Gas chromatography

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