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NCJ Number: 128083 Find in a Library
Title: Cocaine Babies: The Scourge of the 1990's
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:36  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1990)  Pages:34-39
Author(s): W Q Sturner; K G Sweeney; R T Callery; N R Haley
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A series of six case studies, compiled from information collected at the Rhode Island Medical Examiner's Office, analyzes the pathologic, toxicologic, birth, development, and social data on the cocaine-related deaths of infants.
Abstract: All the cases have positive confirmation of cocaine or metabolites or both in the mother or baby's urine or both. The causes of death, occurring from a developing fetus to young infants past one year of age, include inter alia, an intrauterine death of a fetus, anoxic encephalopathy at birth, traumatic compression asphyxia, and infectious cardiomyopathy with heart failure. The extent of this epidemic demands aggressive, intensive monitoring of young children in high risk families and more interaction between medical, social, and educational groups. A careful obstetrical history and urine testing prior to and at birth is also essential. 11 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Children at risk; Cocaine
Index Term(s): Autopsy; Drug dependence; Rhode Island
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