Comparative Study of Postmortem Barbiturates, Methadone, and Morphine in Vitreous Humor, Blood, and Tissue

    Volume 29, Issue 3 (July 1984)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    Wemyss, CT
    Professor of biology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

    Bidanset, JH
    Professor of pharmacology, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY

    Ziminski, KR
    Toxicologist, chief toxicologist, and chief medical examiner, Nassau County Medical Examiner's Office, East Meadow, NY

    Lukash, L
    Toxicologist, chief toxicologist, and chief medical examiner, Nassau County Medical Examiner's Office, East Meadow, NY

    Manning, TJ
    Toxicologist, chief toxicologist, and chief medical examiner, Nassau County Medical Examiner's Office, East Meadow, NY

    (Received 11 October 1980; accepted 15 October 1983)

    Abstract

    With the introduction of radioimmunoassay (RIA) techniques, it has become toxicologically possible to determine drug concentrations in postmortem vitreous humor. This study demonstrates and confirms this toxicological feasibility. In 49 medical examiner's drug related cases, postmortem tissue levels of morphine, barbiturates, and methadone were compared to the vitreous humor.


    Paper ID: JFS11751J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11751J

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    Title Comparative Study of Postmortem Barbiturates, Methadone, and Morphine in Vitreous Humor, Blood, and Tissue
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