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Drug workers emphasise that water is not an antidote to drug

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:690
  1. Emily Finch, Clinical lecturer,
  2. Louise Sell, Clinical lecturer,
  3. David Arnold, Director of drugs campaign
  1. National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF
  2. Health Education Authority, Hamilton House, London WC1H 9TX

    EDITOR,—S M Matthai and colleagues describe two cases of cerebral oedema after ingestion of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or “ecstasy”).1 They correctly criticise the practice of encouraging unrestricted intake of water, but we would like to make it clear that this …

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