Death due to intravenous use of α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone
Intoxication with synthetic cathinones (psychoactive designer drugs) can involve cardiovascular, autonomic, neuromuscular and neuropsychiatric features. We report a case of cardiac arrest and subsequent death in a 44-year-old man after intravenous use of one such drug - α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone. We believe this is the first death associated with this drug to be reported in Australia. Currently, no specific antidote exists for cathinone exposure.