Trends and characteristics in MDMA deaths in Australia 2000-2018
Jun 26, 2020
Dr Julia Lappin from National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) recently presented a seminar titled “Trends and characteristics in MDMA deaths in Australia 2000-2018”, which is now available to watch on YouTube.
Dr Lappin details the study she co-authored which looks at the deaths of 392 individuals from 2000 to 2018 where MDMA toxicity was either identified as the cause of death, or listed as a contributing factor.
The study found that most deaths were due to multiple drug toxicity, most commonly involving alcohol or methamphetamine. However, there was also a large proportion of deaths that were solely attributed to MDMA toxicity alone. The study found a decline in deaths between 2008-2010, where global MDMA purity was at its lowest due to changes in the supply of precursors. From 2011 onwards, the deaths increased along with global MDMA purity.