A Fentanyl Epidemic in Maryland 1992

    Volume 39, Issue 1 (January 1994)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 6


    Jenkins, AJ
    Chief Medical Examiner, Toxicologist, Chemist, and Assistant Toxicologist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

    Levine, B
    Chief Medical Examiner, Toxicologist, Chemist, and Assistant Toxicologist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

    Smialek, JE
    Chief Medical Examiner, Toxicologist, Chemist, and Assistant Toxicologist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

    Chin, L
    Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Rockville, MD

    Wu, SC
    Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Rockville, MD

    (Received 3 May 1993; accepted 1 June 1993)

    Abstract

    In early 1992, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland, encountered 30 cases where fentanyl was identified in the postmortem specimens. Twenty-five of the decedents were found in Baltimore City and five were found in the surrounding counties. Four of the decedents were female and eight of the victims were white. The blood fentanyl concentrations ranged from 2.2 to 100 µg/L. Ethanol and other abused drugs were detected in 28 of these cases. The cause of death in all cases was ethanol-, drug intoxication, or both.


    Paper ID: JFS13581J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13581J

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