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Fake Ecstasy Linked To Strokes and Brain Haemorrhages

Author: Jonty Skrufff (
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Scientists in Melbourne warned this week that counterfeit ecstasy pills circulating in Australia could cause strokes and massive brain haemorrhages, according to a report on local website

Dr Chris O'Donnell claimed that teenagers using the bogus pills are arriving at his hospital 'with brain injuries normally associated with 80 year olds', adding "people who take them are playing rave roulette."

"It's the poor quality control in the backyard manufacturing process," said Dr O'Connell.

"What's sold as ecstasy might be 10 different chemicals."

His claims could refocus attention on ecstasy testing kits, which could help eliminate the danger pills.