Deaths associated with MBDB misuse

Int J Legal Med. 2000;113(3):168-70. doi: 10.1007/s004140050291.


The use of phenethylamines in the dance scene is now well established. Apart from amphetamine, the commonest phenethylamine encountered in clinical and forensic settings is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) commonly known as ecstasy. Other phenethylamines, which have similar effects are encountered, such as 3,4-methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA) and their use has resulted in death. We report two deaths associated with another less commonly encountered member of the group, N-methyl-1-(3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl)-2-butanamine (MBDB), also known as Methyl-J and Eden.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine / analogs & derivatives*
  • 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine / metabolism
  • 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine / poisoning
  • Adult
  • Autopsy / methods
  • Cause of Death*
  • Dancing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Substance-Related Disorders / etiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / metabolism
  • Substance-Related Disorders / mortality
  • Suicide
  • United Kingdom


  • N-methyl-1-(1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-butanamine
  • 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine