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Letters Designer drugs

Deaths associated with new designer drug 5-IT

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 24 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5625
  1. L Nitin Seetohul, lecturer in forensic toxicology1,
  2. Peter D Maskell, lecturer in forensic toxicology1,
  3. Giorgia De Paoli, lecturer in forensic toxicology1,
  4. Derrick J Pounder, professor of forensic medicine1
  1. 1Centre for Forensic and Legal Medicine, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN, UK
  1. l.n.seetohul{at}

5-IT or 5-API is the common name for a newly emerging designer drug.1 It is a positional isomer of the tryptamine drug α-methyltryptamine and has the chemical structure (1H-indol-5-yl)propan-2-amine. Currently not controlled in Europe, it is covered, however, by the federal analogue acts in the USA2 …

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