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Gaston TR, Rasmussen GT.
“Identification of 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine”.
Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. 1972 May 4;(38):60-1.
Within the past month, the Chicago Regional Laboratory has encountered several exhibits containing 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDM), the methamphetamine mologue of MDA. The drug thus far has been encountered only as the hydro-chloride salt.
MDM is similar to MDA in many respects. The two compounds are not distinguished by the commonly used color tests. However, a good indication of whether or not the methamphetamine moiety is present can be obtained with the sodium nitroprusside/ sodium carbonate test for secondary amines. Likewise, the ultraviolet spectra of MDA and MDM are quite similar although t he MDM apparently has somewhat lower molar absorptivities, as would be expected, One of the best ways to distinguish between the two compounds is by the infrared spectra of their hydrochloride salts. (It is interesting to observe the similarities between MDM HC1 and Methamphetamine HCl in the region from 3200cm -1 to 2400cm-/.) MDM and MDA can also be distinguished by gas chromatography.
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