Death from Intravenously Administered Narcotics: A Study of 114 Cases

    Volume 21, Issue 3 (July 1976)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 July 1976

    Page Count: 16


    Reed, D
    Pathologist, toxicologist, and toxicologist, Office of the Sheriff-Coroner, Orange County, Santa Ana, Calif.

    Richards, RG
    Pathologist, toxicologist, and toxicologist, Office of the Sheriff-Coroner, Orange County, Santa Ana, Calif.

    Cravey, RH
    Pathologist, toxicologist, and toxicologist, Office of the Sheriff-Coroner, Orange County, Santa Ana, Calif.

    (Received 17 November 1975; accepted 4 December 1975)

    Abstract

    The attempt to explain the pathophysiology of deaths from intravenously administered narcotics has been hindered in the past because of the small number of fatal cases reported annually in most areas of the United States and relatively insensitive toxicological methods. A sudden and dramatic increase in deaths attributed to intravenously administered narcotics together with improved and sensitive methods for the identification and quantitation of the major metabolite of heroin in tissues have provided the forensic pathologist with the necessary tools to re-evaluate this type of fatality.


    Paper ID: JFS10519J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10519J

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    Title Death from Intravenously Administered Narcotics: A Study of 114 Cases
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    Committee E30