Ecstasy link probed in death of B.C. teen

The death of a 16-year-old boy from Langley, B.C., is being investigated as possibly connected to the use of ecstasy, the BC Coroners Service says.

Would be 19th ecstasy related death in B.C. since August

The death of another B.C. youth possibly connected to the party drug ecstasy is being investigated by the BC Coroners Service.

A 16-year-old boy from Langley, B.C., died early Saturday after friends reported he had taken ecstasy along with other pharmaceuticals Friday night, the coroners service said in a news release Monday.

Paramedics were called to a home and transported the boy to Langley Memorial Hospital, but he could not be revived.

The release said toxicology tests will be completed as quickly as possible to determine if the use of ecstasy was a factor in the boy's death.

Ecstasy related overdose deaths in B.C. (B.C. Coroners Service)

The boy would be the 19th ecstasy related death in the province in the past six months.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe announced Friday that an investigation had revealed 18 deaths due to ecstasy in B.C. since August 2011. The deceased ranged in age from 14 to 37.

Tests determined that five of the 18 also had PMMA in their systems. The stimulant drug is believed to have been added to the ecstasy during its manufacture.

PMMA, or paramethoxy-methamphetamine, had not previously been found in ecstasy in B.C., but Lapointe said she had technicians review samples from previous ecstasy deaths after Calgary police reported it had been detected in deceased victims in that city.

Lapointe said Friday that all officials would now screen all ecstasy-related deaths in B.C. for PMMA.