B.C. teen's death ruled ecstasy-related
No trace of PMMA, say officials
The B.C. Coroner's Service says the death of a 16-year-old Langley, B.C., boy earlier this month was ecstasy-related.
The teen died on Jan. 14 after reportedly taking ecstasy along with other pharmaceuticals. Paramedics were called and transported the boy was taken to Langley Memorial Hospital, but he could not be revived.
This is the 19th ecstasy-related death in B.C. since August 2011.
However, officials say there was no trace of PMMA, or paramethoxy-methamphetamine, in the teen's system, a dangerous form of methamphetamine that is sometimes added to ecstasy. Five of the recent ecstasy deaths in B.C. have been linked to PMMA.
Meanwhile, police in southern Alberta have linked eight deaths to PMMA in the past six months.
Mounties in the Northwest Territories have also issued a public warning about the drug.
Canadian officials have said finding PMMA in street drugs is a relatively new phenomenon, but the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse says it has been used as an ecstasy additive elsewhere, leading to deaths in Israel, Denmark and Taiwan.