(Received 27 March 1972; accepted 20 May 1972)
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Ethchlorvynol (PlacidylR) is a moderately popular hypnotic drug often used in place of barbiturates. The drug was first marketed in 1955 and thought to be a safe drug, free from dependence properties. However, subsequent reports have shown that ethchlorvynol can cause dependence to develop [1,2] with severe withdrawal problems resulting from chronic high dosage [3,4].
Chief toxicologist, Office of the Medical Examiner and associate professor, Forensic Pathology, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, College Park, Md.
Senior specialist, Toxicology, Crime Detection Laboratories, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Regina, Saskatchewan
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