Volume 45, Issue 4 (July 2000)

    Postmortem Redistribution of Morphine and Its Metabolites

    (Received 31 December 1998; accepted 28 September 1999)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The postmortem redistribution of morphine, morphine-3-glucuronide, morphine-6-glucuronide and total morphine was assessed in 40 heroin-related deaths. In blood taken from subclavian, heart, and femoral regions, concentrations of morphine and its metabolites were similar. While there was a trend for higher concentrations in heart blood, when compared with femoral or subclavian blood, this was not significant. There was also no significant difference in concentrations between admission and autopsy blood in which the postmortem interval was on average 59 h. From our observations, significant postmortem redistribution of morphine and its metabolites seems unlikely.


    Author Information:

    Gerostamoulos, J
    Senior research officer and Head of Scientific Services, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Melbourne,

    Drummer, OH
    Senior research officer and Head of Scientific Services, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Melbourne,


    Stock #: JFS14781J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14781J

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    Title Postmortem Redistribution of Morphine and Its Metabolites
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