Published Online: 1 May 1992
Page Count: 8
Fellow, New York University School of Medicine, New York Supreme Court Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, New York, NY
The legal criteria for the insanity defense as it applies to cocaine-related crimes remains elusive because of cocaine's unique spectrum of effects on human thought and action. This paper discusses the literature relevant to cocaine and forensic psychiatry/psychology, and summarizes the results of a survey of forensic psychiatrists on the topic of drug-induced psychosis. A conceptual framework is posited for the expert witness to distinguish the separable effects of cocaine on human behavior and to clarify their relationship to criminal responsibility.
Paper ID: JFS12003J