Herbal stimulant causes US deaths

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1441

Fifteen deaths among young people in the US have been attributed to the herbal stimulant ephedra—also known as Ma Huang, epitonin, and ephedrine—and marketed as a safe and legal alternative to street drugs under names such as Herbal Ecstasy, Cloud 9, and Ultimate Xphoria.

The products' makers target adolescents and young adults with pledges of the herb's mood enhancing …

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