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Lamont Granquist responds:

Date: Sat, 27 Apr 1996 21:43:35 -0700
From: Lamont Granquist (lamontg@u.washington.edu)
To: nepenth@InterNex.Net
Subject: Re: Ecstasy and Death

On your X page, you've quoted out of this article that ``there appears to be tremendous overlap between recreational and toxic levels.'' And there isn't -- not unless one uses a seriously distorted notion of what a "toxic level" is. The deaths caused by MDMA-induced "heat stroke", liver failure and cardiac arrest are idiosyncratic reactions to the drug. For 99.9% of the population there is not an overlap between recreational and toxic levels. For the small fraction of the population that has pre-existing heart disease, an inability to demethylate MDMA or a sensitivity to ring-substituted catecholamines, then the toxic dose for them will be rather low. However, I don't think that you'd agree that if one person happened to drop dead from smoking a single joint that "there appears to be tremendous overlap between recreational and toxic levels" of cannabis.

While it makes a nice soundbite, it's not accurate...




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