3,4-MDPV is one of the early generations of cathinones and has been studied extensively. It is a recreational substance that has stimulant properties but has also shown undesirable and often harmful physiological and behavioral side-affects. It is currently a DEA Schedule I controlled substance. Because of its structural similarity to 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphamine (MDMA), a phenyethylamine and a stimulant, 3,4-MDPV can also be considered a phenethylamine. It is generally found in powder form and ingested either orally or through the nasal passages.

Additional reading:
DEA Fact Sheet- MDPV
WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, 3, 4-MDPV Critical Review Report, 2014
SWGDRUG Monograph
SOFT Monograph

Shown here are the microcrystals that 3,4-MDPV forms with both formulations of gold chloride, gold bromide, and platinic bromide. IR spectra for the aqueous gold chloride and the gold bromide microcrystals are also provided.

Overall recommended test:
Aqueous gold chloride reagent followed by infrared microspectroscopy of the resulting crystal.


Browse the 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (3,4-MDPV) Collections:

3,4-MDPV in 5% Aqueous HAuCl₄

3,4-MDPV in 5% HAuCl₄ in 1:2 concentrated H₂SO₄: H₂0

3,4-MDPV in Gold Bromide (HAuBr₄)

3,4-MDPV in Platinic Bromide (H₂PtBr₆)