An Epidemic of Cocaine Associated Deaths in Utah

    Volume 30, Issue 2 (April 1985)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    Raleigh, K
    Section chief and chemist, Medical Examiner—Corrections Section. Department of Health, State Health Laboratory, Salt Lake City, UT

    Ryser, MA
    Assistant medical examiner and chief medical examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner, Salt Lake City, UT

    Sander, R
    Assistant medical examiner and chief medical examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner, Salt Lake City, UT

    Lamoreaux, TC
    Section chief and chemist, Medical Examiner—Corrections Section. Department of Health, State Health Laboratory, Salt Lake City, UT

    (Received 29 August 1984; accepted 19 September 1984)

    Abstract

    This article describes 15 cocaine associated deaths in Utah in a 3 ½-month period in early 1984, compared to 6 cocaine associated deaths for all of 1983. Brief case histories of the 15 cases are presented along with data on age, sex, county of death, cause of death, association of the cocaine with the death, cocaine analytical methodology, and a summary of cocaine concentrations in blood and urine. In four of the cases, cocaine by injection was the cause of death. whereas the other cases had cocaine or metabolite detected incidentally. The epidemiology of a single, well-defined cocaine source is described and related to this transient, remarkable increase in cocaine associated deaths.


    Paper ID: JFS11828J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11828J

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