Ethylone, also known as 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-ethylcathinone (MDEC, βk-MDEA), is a recreational designer drug classified as an entactogen, stimulant, and psychedelic of the phenethylamine, amphetamine, and cathinone chemical classes. It is the β-keto analogue of MDEA ("Eve"). Ethylone has only a short history of human use and is reported to be less potent than its relative methylone. In the United States, it began to be found in cathinone products in late 2011.
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|Molar mass||221.2524 g/mol g·mol−1|
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Very little data exists about the pharmacological properties, metabolism, and toxicity of ethylone, and although several ethylone-related deaths have been reported, but the cause of death was not due to ingestion of ethylone.
As of October 2015 Ethylone is a controlled substance in China.
- Dayong Lee; Chris W. Chronister; Jennifer Hoyer; Bruce A. Goldberger (September 2015). "Ethylone-Related Deaths: Toxicological Findings". Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 39 (7): 567–571. doi:10.1093/jat/bkv053. PMID 26025164.
- Meyer, Markus R; Jens Wilhelm; Frank T. Peters; Hans H. Maurer (June 2010). "Beta-keto amphetamines: studies on the metabolism of the designer drug mephedrone and toxicological detection of mephedrone, butylone, and methylone in urine using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry". Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 397 (3): 1225–1233. doi:10.1007/s00216-010-3636-5. PMID 20333362.
- "关于印发《非药用类麻醉药品和精神药品列管办法》的通知" (in Chinese). China Food and Drug Administration. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.