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Death following recreational use of designer drug "bath salts" containing 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22271565     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is a designer stimulant drug that has gained popularity in the USA. Although adverse effects of MDPV have been described, to our knowledge, this is the first reported death.
CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 40-year-old male who injected and snorted "bath salts" containing MDPV and subsequently became agitated, aggressive, and experienced a cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated after his initial arrest; however, he developed hyperthermia, rhabdomyolysis, coagulopathy, acidosis, anoxic brain injury, and subsequently died.
DISCUSSION: This is the first case in the medical literature to report death due to isolated confirmed MDPV intoxication. The manner of death is also consistent with excited delirium syndrome.
Brittany L Murray; Christine M Murphy; Michael C Beuhler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of medical toxicology : official journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1937-6995     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Toxicol     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-02     Completed Date:  2012-05-21     Revised Date:  2013-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101284598     Medline TA:  J Med Toxicol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  69-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC 28232, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Benzodioxoles / poisoning*
Designer Drugs / poisoning*
Electrocardiography / drug effects
Fatal Outcome
Pyrrolidines / poisoning*
Street Drugs / poisoning*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone; 0/Benzodioxoles; 0/Designer Drugs; 0/Pyrrolidines; 0/Street Drugs

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