(Received 31 March 1989; accepted 2 June 1989)
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A 38-year-old man was found in his car suffering from a heart attack. Serum analysis by capillary gas chromatography and mass spectrometry confirmed the presence of dextromoramide (Palfium®), methadone, and lidocaine. The serum concentrations at admission to the hospital were: 1.9 μg/mL of dextromoramide, 0.4 μg/mL of methadone, and 0.4 μg/mL of lidocaine. A serum alcohol analysis performed using headspace gas chromatography was negative.
Forensic scientist, New York State Police Crime Laboratory, Albany, NY
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