• NBI report confirms party victim died of ‘ecstasy’

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    How many of the 14,000 concert attendees were drugged that night at the May 21 Close Up Forever Summer concert at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City is anybody’s guess.

    But the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday released its toxicology report on one of the five persons who died after allegedly taking illegal drugs.

    Dr. Rommel Papa said the NBI only examined the cadaver of one of the victims because the families of the other victims refused to cooperate with their probe.

    “Yes, the family of this victim gave their consent to us to do the toxicology examination because they would like to tell the concert goers not to indulge in illegal drugs,” Papa said, adding that he was not allowed to give details about the victim.

    “Two drugs were traced from the victim, namely MDMA methylene homology, which is not listed in the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, and Methylenedioxycathinone (MDC), which is a new psychoactive substance,” Papa said.

    “It’s a kind of ‘ecstasy’ laced with a laboratory chemical not fit for consumption, while MDC will make you very active, psychotic, and violent,” he added.

    The victim tested negative of alcohol content.

    Papa urged the public not to judge the victims, saying it was not determined if they knew that the substances they took were dangerous drugs.

    Papa said that the drugs taken by the victim causes dehydration, muscle spasms, and palpitation. A person who takes the drugs will also become euphoric and hyperactive.

    He added that the victim may experience a heart attack. However, Papa could not say exactly when the effects would be felt after the substance is taken, like the so-called ‘green amore,’ a mixture of ecstasy and methamphetamine hydrochloride or ‘shabu.’

    At least six persons were arrested in connection with the tragic concert that started on the evening of May 21. The victims were rushed to various hospitals early morning the following day.

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