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Drug alert: High dose MDMA tablets in circulation

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17th April, 2023

NSW Health is warning the community about high dose MDMA tablets which have been found to contain twice the dose of MDMA usually found in so-called “ecstasy” tablets.


The tablets are orange in colour, spade-shaped, and often marked with an ‘Ace of Spades’ logo.


There is an increased risk of harm when tak­ing high­er-dose or mul­ti­ple MDMA tablets. MDMA is often poor­ly man­u­fac­tured and the amount in a tablet can vary con­sid­er­ably even in the same batch.


High dose MDMA use has been linked to death and oth­er seri­ous harms that result in inten­sive care hos­pi­tal admissions.


NSW Health Pathology’s Illic­it Drug Analy­sis and Foren­sic Tox­i­col­o­gy teams work every day to keep the com­mu­ni­ty safe by con­duct­ing expert analy­sis of blood, urine and oral flu­id sam­ples as well as test­ing illic­it drugs seized by police.


Their work sup­ports the health and jus­tice sys­tems and con­tributes to pub­lic health alerts such as this.


For more infor­ma­tion: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/aod/public-drug-alerts/Pages/default.aspx



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