Professor Andy Parrott was an invited keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of British and Irish Forensic Toxicologists, recently held in Manchester.

Prof. Parrott presented an overview of the adverse psychobiological effects of recreational MDMA or 'Ecstasy'. In this presentation, he focused on its acute effects, since toxicologists often have to analyse the tissue samples from young people who have taken recreational MDMA and died. Indeed it has been estimated that MDMA contributes to the deaths of around 60 youngsters each year, with many more suffering from adverse effects which can be very enduring.