Volume 23, Issue 1 (January 1978)

    Four Deaths Resulting from Abuse of Nitrous Oxide

    (Received 9 May 1977; accepted 26 July 1977)

    Published Online: January

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Nitrous oxide is a weak anesthetic gas, used alone for dental work and as an adjunct to more potent anesthetics in major surgical procedures. It is the only inorganic gas that is practical for clinical anesthesia. Like all the anesthetic drugs, nitrous oxide has been subject to abuse. Unlike the other anesthetic agents, where the abuse is almost exclusively by medical personnel, nitrous oxide has been abused by the general public.


    Author Information:

    Garriott, JC
    Chief toxicologist, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Texas

    DiMaio, VJM
    Medical examiner, Dallas County, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Texas


    Stock #: JFS10667J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10667J

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    Title Four Deaths Resulting from Abuse of Nitrous Oxide
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