Researchers at the University of Florida, led by Dr. Bruce Goldberger, recently published an article in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology (DOI: 10.1093/jat/bkv053).  The paper investigates nine postmortem cases in which ethylone, a synthetic cathinone, was identified.

The composition of synthetic cathinone products continually changes and laboratories began to notice ethylone-positive products in late 2011. This report presents nine postmortem cases in which ethylone was identified. Ethylone was isolated using UCT’s CLEAN SCREEN DAU mixed-mode solid-phase extraction columns and detected by GC-MS. Seven of the cases had measurable concentrations of ethylone in blood, ranging from 38 to 2,572 ng/mL.  The research reports postmortem blood concentrations of ethylone, a novel synthetic cathinone, along with other concurrently identified substances.

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