(Received 4 October 1976; accepted 19 October 1976)
Published Online: 1977
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Cocaine (benzoylmethylecgonine), a local anesthetic and intoxicant in use for hundreds of years, currently is enjoying widespread popularity in the United States. This frequent use probably is due to the profound stimulatory effect of cocaine on the central nervous system and is occurring despite aggressive law enforcement activity because cocaine is a Schedule II substance .
Professor of pathology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif.
Chief toxicologist, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Tex.
Chief toxicologist, Institute of Forensic Sciences, Oakland, Calif.
Chief toxicologist, Office of the Coroner, San Diego, Calif.
Chief forensic toxicologist, Office of the Sheriff-Coroner, Santa Ana, Calif.
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