(Received 17 April 1982; accepted 2 June 1982)
Published Online: January
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During the autopsy of heroin users, the most consistent morphologic finding is the enlargement of hepatic lymph nodes. Nodes from seven heroin addicts were analyzed for morphine and a concentration range of 0.02 to 0.87 mg/100 g was found. Morphine was detected in all of the nodes examined and the concentration was generally higher than that in the blood.
Chief chemist, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory-Pacific, APO San Francisco, CA
Forensic pathologist, Los Angeles, CA
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